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Written Answers - National Lottery Funding

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 267.  Deputy John McGuinness Information on John McGuinness Zoom on John McGuinness  asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin  if he will confirm the amount of National Lottery funds allocated to his Department; if the funds are spent on specific projects; if so, the name of the project; if the National Lottery fund is allocated to the general spend by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17019/12]

[807]Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin The surplus generated by the National Lottery is transferred annually to the Exchequer and is applied to part-fund the Exchequer allocations to a specified range of expenditure subheads across various Votes.

The amount transferred to the Exchequer from the National Lottery surplus, together with details of the total Exchequer allocations to the relevant Lottery supported subheads, are published each year in Appendix 1 of the annual Revised Estimates for Public Services (REV) which gives a breakdown of allocations by programme. It is important to note that these programmes are only part-funded by the Lottery and that the remaining expenditure comes from general Exchequer funding. In 2012, total expenditure under subheads that are part-funded by the National Lottery is estimated at 339 million euro. It is estimated that this expenditure will be part-funded by 220 million euro from the National Lottery with the balance coming from the Exchequer.

While as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, I have overall responsibility for regulating the National Lottery, my Department’s Vote does not include any subheads that are part funded by the Lottery.

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