Written Answers. - Cross-Border Agencies.

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

213 Mr. O'Dowd asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he will provide a breakdown of the total amounts allocated to any cross-Border agencies under the aegis of his Department since their inception; the precise details relating to consultancy services that were employed by these agencies since their inception; the manner in which consultants were appointed, including details of tendering systems employed; the manner in which successful consultants were advised of their appointment; the full amounts paid, or payable to date, on consultancy services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19085/03]

The Loughs Agency of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission was established in 1999. Under the British-Irish Agreement it inherited the responsibilities of the Foyle Fisheries Commission. The following tabular statement provides a breakdown of the overall Exchequer budget allocation for the Loughs Agency as published in the annual Revised Estimates Volume.

Year

Allocation

2000

€2.538m.

2001

€1.524m.

2002

€1.518m.

2003

€2.735m.

In accordance with the British-Irish Agreement Acts 1999 to 2002, the Loughs Agency must comply with the provisions of a financial memorandum drawn up for the body by my Department, the Department of Finance, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland. The memorandum prescribes the detailed financial arrangements with which the body must comply, including those on the procurement of consultancy services for which the chief executive officer of the body is accountable to the Houses of the Oireachtas and the Northern Ireland Assembly or the United Kingdom Parliament, as appropriate.
The Loughs Agency has full delegated authority to appoint consultants subject to the requirements laid down in public procurement guidelines issued by the Department of Finance and the Northern Ireland Procurement Service.
Appointment of consultants is subject to prior notification to the Departments of the nature of the consultancy and the applicable terms of reference. Where the cost is likely to exceed €40,000 the prior approval of Departments is required before tenders are sought or the terms of reference are finalised.
The following is the information sought by the Deputy.

Use of Consultants –

FCILC

Loughs Agency

Period of Return:

Dec 99 to date

Name of Consultancy Subject

Amount Paid*

Manner of Tender

How Advised

Ferguson McIIveenCounter site Engineers

£32,266.90

open tender

letter

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Advisory

£10,056.71

GPA

call-off letter

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Pension Scheme

£8,394.91

GPA

call-off letter

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Staff Review

£30,620.43

GPA

call-off letter

PriceWaterhouseCoopers Accounts Work

£87,082.31

open tender

letter

OMI Consultancy Equality Scheme

£41,313.00

single tender

letter

Robin Wade Interpretative Centre

£81,227.69

open tender

letter

P McKevitt Architect Carlingford H/Q

£4,720.00

single tender

letter

MGM Civil Engineering Suitability test

£927.67

single tender

letter

Inter Trade Ireland Proposed Pension

£5,001.15

GPA

call-off letter

Hallmark Computers New Personnel system

£5,228.75

single tender

letter

Colin Stutt Economic Appraisal Int Centre

£3,945.65

single tender

letter

McCormick Tracey Mullarkey New H/Q

£51,056.68

open tender

letter

Marine Institute GIS Project

£5,503.33

single tender

letter

Central Fisheries Board Research Killygordon Salmon Enhancement

£3,028.00

single tender

letter

Fitzpatrick Associates Audit of Fisheries recreation and Leisure Resource

£34,727.01

open tender

letter

HELM Corporation Risk Management

£1,128.47

single tender

letter

HELM Corporation Economic Appraisal

£5,728.13

single tender

letter

HELM Corporation New Accounts Package

£1,998.86

single tender

letter

HELM Corporation Accounts 2002

£8,427.99

open tender

letter

*Sterling amount paid by the Loughs Agency