Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (830, 831)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

841 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health the budget allocation and actual expenditure for the national drugs strategy unit in his Department for the years 2011 and to date in 2012 and for the same unit when it was part of the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35293/12]

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Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

842 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health the budget allocation for the actual expenditure by his Department in implementing the actions of the national drugs strategy unit for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35294/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 841 and 842 together.

In furtherance of the National Drugs Strategy, my Department administers a Drugs Initiative, which primarily funds community based drugs initiatives supported by the Drugs Task Forces. The budget allocation and actual expenditure for the Drugs Initiative for each of the years referred to by the Deputy is set out in the table:

Year

Drugs Initiative Budget Allocation €m

Drugs Initiative Actual Expenditure €m

2007

€51.630

€51.518

2008

€64.332

€65.207

2009

€40.611

€39.377

2010

€36.182

€34.992

2011

€33.667

€32.877

2012

€31.475

€27.822(to end June)

The reduced allocation in 2009 reflects the transfer of responsibility and funding for the Young Peoples' Facilities and Services Fund to the then Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs with effect from 1st January that year.

As the Deputy will be aware, responsibility for the functions in relation to the National Drugs Strategy transferred to my Department from the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs on the 1st of May 2011. Accordingly, my Department's expenditure accounts for €17.571m of the total 2011 spend.