Written Answers. - Cross-Border Agencies.

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

273 Mr. O'Dowd asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if she will provide a breakdown of the total amounts allocated to any cross-Border agencies under the aegis of her 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 she will make a statement on the matter. [19092/03]

No cross-border agencies have been established under the aegis of my Department and accordingly no provision has been made in my Department's Estimates for this purpose.