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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 10 Dec 2002

Vol. 559 No. 1

Written Answers. - Public Expenditure.

Paul Kehoe


55 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Finance if he has satisfied himself that the Government has acted effectively to keep its spending within estimates. [25607/02]

There are a number of control and monitoring procedures in place to assist me in the management of public expenditure. These include annual profiles of spending, monthly issues figures and monthly expenditure reports from Departments. In addition, this year I initiated a system of monthly expenditure management reports to Government. I have received full co-operation from Ministers and their Departments throughout the year in implementing these procedures.

From the beginning of the year the Government has adopted the approach that any unavoidable pressure on spending would have to be funded by equivalent offsetting measures elsewhere. Ministers have agreed a variety of offsetting measures to ensure that spending would not exceed the 14.4% increase provided for in the 2002 Revised Estimates Volume. I am still aiming to ensure that spending overall comes in on or close to target this year.