Written Answers. - Services for People with Disabilities.

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Ceist:

118 Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for Finance the total amount of funding allocated by his Department for the provision of payments, facilities or services for those with physical or intellectual disabilities in 2003, giving the heading or sub-heading in the estimates under which the allocation has been made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19518/03]

My Department is not engaged in the direct provision of payments, facilities or services for people with physical or intellectual disabilities. An allocation of €7,618,000 is made under subhead L of my Department's Vote for payments to the promoters of certain charitable lotteries. It is open to qualifying charities, including those charities engaged in the provision of payments, facilities or services for people with physical or intellectual disabilities, to apply for an allocation under this subhead. In line with practice in previous years, payments under this subhead are expected to be made in December.