Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Ceisteanna (165, 166)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Ceist:

165. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will set out, in tabular form, the expenditure by his Department under subheads A6 and A7 in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35936/13]

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Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Ceist:

166. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will set out the following information, the name of the specific scheme if any under which each grant of or expenditure of money was made; the separate criteria of each such scheme in each instance; if he will provide this Deputy with a copy of the criteria of each scheme under which grants were made and moneys disbursed; if the criteria of any scheme relevant to expenditure by his Department under sub-head A.6 and A.7 in 2012 are on his Departments website and if in each case will he provide the Uniform Resource Locator address of the specific page on his website where they are available; if he will explain in relation to each scheme under which grants were made and money disbursed under sub-head A.6 and A.7 in 2012, the composition of the body of officials or other persons as well as their qualifications, who either took the funding decision or advised him on the relevant funding decision; if any persons from outside his Department was involved in the funding decisions or advised him on the relevant funding decision that were involved; the criteria by which the persons concerns were chosen and if there was any advertisement inviting persons to put themselves forward for selection to be included in such decision making processes; the appeals mechanism if any in relation to funding decisions under any scheme in operation for the grant and disbursement of moneys from his Department under sub-head A.6 and A.7 in 2012; the criteria for any such appeal; if he will make a copy of same available to this Deputy; if he will state if they are available on his departmental website and if he provide the Uniform Resource Locator address of the specific page on his website where they are available; the composition of the body of persons involved in adjudicating appeals against funding decision(s) or advising him regarding same from persons or organisations who unsuccessfully applied under advertised schemes for funds available from sub-head A.6 and A.7 in 2012; if any persons from outside his Department were involved in adjudicating appeals the funding decisions or advised him on the relevant funding decision were involved; the criteria by which the persons concerned were chosen; if there was any advertisement inviting persons to put themselves forward for selection to be included in such decision making processes; if he will answer separately each part of this question; if there is any reason why he either cannot or will not to provide a separate and distinct answer in relation to that part of the question explaining and setting out the reason that part of this question cannot or will not be answered separately; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35937/13]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Arts)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 165 and 166 together.

As the Deputy is aware, my Department, which was established in June 2011, administers and delivers a wide range of programmes and measures, descriptions of which are all available on its website at http://www.ahg.gov.ie/.

In view of the wide range of my Department’s schemes and programmes, and the large volumes of payments and grants made on an ongoing basis, it is not possible to compile and collate the information sought by the Deputy in the time available.

However, if the Deputy has specific queries relating to a particular programme or grant, I would be glad to seek to provide him with relevant information in that regard. Similarly, if the Deputy would like specific information in relation to a particular scheme or project, I would be glad to arrange to have any such request from him examined. In the meantime, I have asked my officials to aggregate the information sought.