Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Richard Bruton

Question:

249 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the way in which spending in the first six months of 2002 compares to the budgeted profile for spending for each major programme of his Department's spending; and his forecast for year-end overruns. [15113/02]

The spending for the first five months of 2002 on the justice group of Votes as compared to the budgeted profile for the same period is set out on the following table.

Vote

Expenditure

Profiled Expenditure

Variance

Variance

%

Justice Equality & Law Reform

81,565,000

94,155,000

12,590,000

13.37

Garda Síochana

387,518,000

368,859,000

18,659,000

5.06

Prisons

133,325,000

123,539,000

9,786,000

7.92

Courts Service

35,272,000

30,904,000

4,368,000

14.13

Land Registry & Registry of Deeds

12,747,000

12,264,000

483,000

3.94

Totals

650,427,000

629,721,000

20,706,000

3.29

For a variety of reasons, it is not unusual to have differences between actual expenditure and the monthly profiles prepared at the start of the year. A 3.29% variance is not in itself particularly significant at this stage of the year.
At this point in time I am not forecasting that there will be any year end overrun on any of the justice group of Votes with the exception of the prisons Vote where an overrun of €20 million is forecast. This overrun has already been noted and approved by the Government.