Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (88)

Seán Fleming

Question:

88. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the gross and net additional expenditure savings that his Department is seeking to achieve in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49243/12]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Comprehensive Expenditure Report, published last year foresees a current budget allocation to my Department for 2013 of €733 million. This funding will support the achievement of my Department’s High Level Goals as outlined in its Statement of Strategy. On a “No Policy Change” basis, it is estimated that a total of €756m would be needed in order to maintain my Department’s activities and programmes for next year at the same level as the current year. On this basis, my Department would be need to seek savings of €23m on this amount. However, the final Estimates for 2013 are a matter of decision by Dail Éireann on the basis of proposals to be put forward by the Government.