Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (236)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

236. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is satisfied that adequate resources are being provided to the Ombudsman and the Standards in Public Office Commission to allow each to fully carry out their duties; if he will detail their respective budgets for 2013 and the way each compares with the past ten years; if his attention has been drawn to difficulties that may have arisen since March 2011 regarding the performance of duties in each office as a result of funding constraints; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11523/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I am satisfied that adequate resources are being provided to the Office of the Ombudsman and the Standards in Public Office Commission, to fully carry out their duties. The Office of the Ombudsman and the Standards in Public Office Commission are independent bodies. I am not aware of any difficulties arising in these organisations as a result of funding constraints and the organisations have undertaken their duties fully in accordance with Government budgetary policy in regard to, for example, public service pay and numbers. Information on their performances of their respective duties is published in their respective annual reports.

The budgets for the organisations for 2013 and the respective estimates and expenditure over the previous ten years are as follows:

Appropriation Account Data

Ombudsman

€'000s

SiPO

€'000s

OIC**

€'000s

Total

€'000s

2003

2,805

756

1,502

5,063

2004

2,741

860

1,518

5,119

2005

2,983

887

1,912

5,782

2006

3,326

927

1,922

6,175

2007

3,568

1,091

1,736

6,395

2008

4,722

1,033

2,061

7,816

2009

4,726

861

1,633

7,220

2010

4,537

862

1,525

6,924

2011

4,432

861

1,500

6,793

2012

4,172

869

1,212

6,253

2013*

5,326

980

1,474

7,780

* Budget Estimate Figures - Increase is as a result of amalgamation with the Commission on Public Service Standards

** Office of the Information Commissioner/Office of the Commissioner Environmental Information

Revised Estimates Data ***

Ombudsman

€'000s

SiPO

€'000s

OIC**

€'000s

Total

€'000s

2003

2,752

784

1,402

4,938

2004

2,893

1,059

1,570

5,522

2005

3,270

1,101

1,811

6,182

2006

5,325

1,191

1,922

8,438

2007

5,348

1,311

1,971

8,630

2008

5,512

1,233

2,033

8,778

2009

5,171

1,179

1,953

8,303

2010

5,026

1,130

1,864

8,020

2011

4,769

1,044

1,659

7,472

2012

4,712

917

1,466

7,095

2013*

5,326

980

1,474

7,780

*** Taken from Revised Estimates Volume Publications