Written Answers. - Public Capital Expenditure.

John Bruton

Question:

245 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Transport the 2002 Estimates of public capital spending by his Department; if the net expenditure under headings is likely on current trends to be exceeded; and if so, the amount by which in each case. [15288/02]

I understand that the Deputy's question refers to the former Department of Public Enterprise.

The 2002 Estimate for voted expenditure under the public capital programme is €503 million. At present, the only anticipated overrun is €490,000, in respect of consultancies associated with Aer Lingus.

Details of non-voted expenditure under the public capital programme by the semi-State agencies under the aegis of the former Department of Public Enterprise are a matter for the bodies themselves.

At present, it is anticipated that any overruns on particular programmes will be met by savings elsewhere on the Vote.