I propose to take Questions Nos. 117 to 119, inclusive, together.
Waterways Ireland was set up as one of the six implementation bodies under the British-Irish Agreement Act, 1999. Its co-sponsoring Departments are the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands in the South and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure or DCAL in the North.
In the Revised Estimates for the Public Service, 2001, Waterways Ireland received £22.174 million. Waterways Ireland is obliged to present its annual report and accounts to the Oireachtas and the Northern Ireland Assembly by the end of June. The body is also accountable to the offices of the Comptroller and Auditor General, both North and South. The body is required to bring all major proposals to the waterways sectoral North-South Ministerial Council. The next such meeting is due to take place on 27 June.
On a day-to-day basis the North-South co-operation division of my Department liaises with Waterways Ireland and DCAL. Currently Waterways Ireland submits all of its claims to my Department and they are paid from the Vote. Such payment requests are subject to the same checks as any other payments made by my Department. This position will change in 2002 when Waterways Ireland has its full staffing complement. I am satisfied that the procedures in place are adequate.