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Written Answers - National Lottery Funding

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 99.  Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan Information on Maureen O'Sullivan Zoom on Maureen O'Sullivan  asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin  further to Parliamentary Question No. 128 of 12 January 2012, if he will accept that, while An Post National Lottery Company does not have any role in relation to the way the surplus generated by the national lottery is distributed, it could play a role in rendering accessible such information as there is on the mechanics of that distribution; if he sees scope for the board to organise to compile a compendium report that would detail each year’s national lottery surplus expenditure, compiled from an analysis of individual departmental Votes and subheads; if he will agree that the identity of those who received National Lottery and dormant accounts funding, and objects to which such funding is applied in practice, are legitimate matters of public interest; and if his attention has been drawn to the National Lottery Beneficiary Compendium, published by the Government of which he was a member and if he sees that model being replicable today. [7536/12]

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin The case which the Deputy makes for information regarding the distribution of funding raised by the National Lottery to be made available by the National Lottery Company is noted. However, for the past number of years, funding raised by the Lottery has only part-funded various programmes across a range of Votes. The remaining funding comes from the exchequer. It is not possible to indicate the amount or percentage of Lottery funding provided to any individual Vote or subhead or indeed to any individual grant. Therefore, it is no longer feasible to compile a list of programmes or organisations that receive Lottery funding per se as it is now not possible to indicate the level of funding that they receive specifically from the Lottery.

As I indicated in my reply to your previous Parliamentary Question on 12th January 2012, for the past number of years, each Government Department with responsibility for expenditure that is part-funded by the National Lottery surplus publishes details of such expenditure (including lists of recipient organisations and amounts involved) on the Department’s website. In view of this, there are no plans to prepare an updated National Lottery Beneficiary Compendium.

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