Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (226)

Richard Bruton

Question:

342 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Finance the extent to which responsibility for the pay bill is delegated to line Departments within the Civil Service. [1967/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

Spending allocations, including provision for pay, is set within the context of the annual estimates process and published in the Revised Estimates Volume each year. Spending on pay is allocated on the basis of the Estimate needs in each Department and office. Departments and offices have discretion on the configuration of their staffing and associated spending subject to compliance with numbers and expenditure policies and the respective terms of their administrative budget framework agreement with the Department of Finance.