Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Richard Bruton

Question:

93 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food 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. [15106/02]

The following table shows profile and actual expenditure for the period 1 January to 30 June 2002 for the major estimate headings. Total expenditure in the period was €610.9 million against a profile Estimate of €676.2 million. The fact that many Department schemes are demand driven makes end-year projections difficult at this stage of the year. As can be seen from the following table, there are pressures under the heading of livestock improvement and eradication of disease, but I do not anticipate an overrun on overall gross expenditure for 2002.

Actual Expenditure to30 June 2002

Expenditure Profile to30 June 2002

Current

Capital

Total

Current

Capital

Total

(€)

(€)

(€)

(€)

(€)

(€)

Administration

128,225

2,103

130,328

121,997

1,868

123,865

Education, research and advisory services

51,296

1,472

52,768

57,584

3,192

60,776

Livestock improvement and eradication of disease

144,692

3,367

148,059

128,214

2,246

130,460

Development Aid

32,688

12,119

44,807

37,707

13,025

50,732

Pension payments, etc.

1,165

1,165

1,102

1,102

Miscellaneous

34,372

973

35,345

34,120

1,763

35,883

Schemes operated in implementation of EAGGF guarantee regs

178,916

178,916

237,508

237,508

Schemes operated in implementation of EU structural regs

8,515

11,035

19,550

8,174

27,672

35,846

Total

579,869

31,069

610,938

626,406

49,766

676,172