Thursday, 6 December 2018

Ceisteanna (149)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

149. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the grant and funding schemes operated by her Department; the value of each scheme; the basis or criteria used for the allocation of funding in respect of each scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51398/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

My Department’s Vote provides funding in the way of Grants and also to fund a number of discrete Schemes. Grants in the main are provided to support the operating costs and other expenses of the statutorily established State Agencies who operate under the aegis of the Department. The funding provided to the Grants and Schemes supported under the Department’s Vote is subject to the approval by the Oireachtas through the Revised Estimates process.

The following Table sets out the details of the various Grants and Schemes which are being funded through my Department’s Vote in 2018.

Subhead

Grantee

2018 Allocation €'000

A4

InterTrade Ireland

8,125

A5

IDA Ireland

180,780

A6

NSAI

6,224

A7

Enterprise Ireland

146,550

A8

Local Enterprise Development

32,931

A9

Temporary Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme

500

B4

Enterprise Ireland

126,778

Science Foundation Ireland

177,565

Irish Universities Association

108

Tyndall Institute

4,500

B5

Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions

14,300

C4

Grant for trade union education and advisory services

900

C5

Health and Safety Authority

19,275

C6

Trade union amalgamations

60

C8

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

12,226

C10

Consumer support

47

C12

Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority

2,105

Grants are drawn down in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's Circular 13/2014 'Management of and Accountability for Grants from Exchequer Funds'. In those instances where, for operational reasons, grants are paid to Agencies on a prefunded basis, the requisite sanction permitting this has been received from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Aside from the aforementioned Grants and Schemes, the Department’s Vote also provides funding to support the operating costs of the Department itself and that of its Offices and the payment of pensions to a number of staff of Agencies/former Agencies of the Department. In addition, funding is provided under the Vote to support membership of a number of national and international organisations. Finally, the Department’s Vote also provides support to meet its obligations as co-funder of particular EU programmes.