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Written Answers - National Lottery Funding

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 687.  Deputy John McGuinness Information on John McGuinness Zoom on John McGuinness  asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar  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. [17022/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar I understand that 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.

Details of the total Exchequer allocations to the relevant Lottery supported subheads are published in Appendix 1 of the 2012 Revised Estimates for Public Services which gives a breakdown of allocations by programme (page 245). Two subheads on my Department’s Vote are part-funded by the proceeds of the National Lottery. These are D3 (Grants for Sporting Bodies and the provision of Sports and Recreational Facilities) and D5 (Irish Sports Council Grant-in-Aid). D3 funding is used to pay out Sports Capital Grants. D5 funding is the grant given annually to the Irish Sports Council to fund a wide range of programmes aimed at increasing participation and raising standards in Irish sport and to fund National Governing Bodies of sport (NGBs) to enable them to develop their sport in a strategic manner.

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 addition, the Revised Estimates do not specify the precise amount of National Lottery funding in each individual subhead. However, the Revised Estimates do indicate that in 2012, total expenditure under all subheads that are part-funded by the National Lottery is estimated at €339 million, and that this expenditure will be part-funded by €220 million from the National Lottery with the balance coming from the Exchequer. In addition to the figures in Appendix 1 of the REV, there is also a carryover of an additional €3.6m into D3 in 2012 from 2011.

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