Dáil Éireann - Volume 623 - 06 July, 2006

Written Answers. - Departmental Bodies.

Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the budgetary allocation for each of the public bodies, executive agencies, advisory bodies and taskforces operating under his Department. [27790/06]

  Mary Coughlan: Budgetary allocations were made through my Department’s Revised Estimates for 2006 for the following public bodies:

Organisation

Expenditure Details

2006 Estimate Total Amount

€000

Teagasc

Grant-in-Aid for General Expenses — training courses under the National Development Programme 2000/06

134,028

An Bord Bia

Grant-in-Aid for General Expenses

22,403

Council for Forest Research and Development (COFORD)

To support research and development administered by COFORD

3,800

Irish Horse Board

Development and promotion of the Non-Thorough Bred horse industry, operation of the Irish Horse Register and administration

836

Allocations were also made for the following:

Organisation

Expenditure Details 2006

Estimate Total Amount

€000

Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF)

Grant Assistance for ICBF cattle breed improvement activities

888

The Dairy Research Trust (Established by ICOS, IFA and ICMSA)

To part-fund research projects for improving competitiveness at both producer and processor level in the dairy sector

440

There was also a total allocation of €20 million provided for Research and Development grants for third level institutions and Teagasc under the Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM) (NDP 2000/06) (€14 million) and the Research Stimulus Fund (€6 million).

[1697] Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of positions in State bodies under the aegis of her Department which are affected by the increase in non-executive chairpersons’ fees of State bodies recently sanctioned by the Government. [27804/06]

  Mary Coughlan: There are five non-executive chairpersons of State bodies under the remit of my Department affected by the increase.