Dáil Éireann - Volume 647 - 19 February, 2008

Written Answers. - Percent for Art Scheme.

Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount drawn down through his Department for the Percent for Art scheme in each year since 2002 to date in 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5967/08]

Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of capital projects funded by his Department in each year since 2002 [779] to date in 2008; the number of cases in which the Percent for Art grant was drawn down; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5982/08]

  Deputy John Gormley: I propose to take Questions Nos. 671 and 672 together.

The provision and management of capital projects and any associated art works funded through my Department’s capital programmes are matters primarily for the local authorities. My Department does not have comprehensive data on projects which have incorporated an artistic feature under this scheme.

General National Guidelines on the Per Cent For Art Scheme were issued by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism in December 2004. These guidelines recommend that the commissioning body should maintain a database of all projects funded under the scheme. The commissioning body, in the case of capital projects funded by my Department, is generally the local authority.