Thursday, 27 June 2013
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Sports Capital Programme Applications
59. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider allowing local authorities whose applications for funding under the Sports Capital Programme 2012 were deemed incomplete due to the lack of an original signature and/or an inability to show evidence of title an opportunity to re-apply for funding, as was the case in the local authority swimming pool programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30949/13]
It would be neither tenable nor equitable to allow one category of unsuccessful applicants to reapply under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme after the closing date in order to resubmit applications that did not meet the eligibility criteria. The 2012 round of the SCP is closed and the full amount of the available funding has been allocated.
60. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update of his discussions with the Chief State Solicitor's Office and of his review of the operation of the 2012 sports capital programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30946/13]
My Department is conducting an internal review of the operation of the 2012 Sports Capital Programme. This review has included discussions with the Office of the Chief State Solicitor. A primary purpose of the review is to simplify and streamline the application process thereby reducing the proportion of invalid applications. Consequently consideration is being given to the greater use of templates, including a template for applicants to provide evidence of title. A draft of such a template is being prepared in conjunction with the CSSO. It is however always the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they read the application form and guide carefully and provide the information required.