Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (252)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

252. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he is satisfied that adequate resources are being provided to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement to allow it to fully carry out its duties; if he will detail the budget for 2013 and the way this compares with the past ten years; if his attention has been drawn to any difficulties that may have arisen since March 2011 regarding the performance its duties 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 Jobs)

My attention has not been drawn to any difficulties arising since March 2011 in relation to the performance of his functions by the Director of Corporate Enforcement, as a result of funding constraints. I am aware that the Office of the Director, in common with the other Divisions and Offices of my Department, participated in a Departmental Workforce Planning exercise in 2012. Notwithstanding the merits of the various submissions received, the moratorium on recruitment and the need to observe Employment Control Framework targets severely limit the capacity of my Department to respond, as requested. Staff assignments are made by reference to the priority needs of the Department and its offices as a whole. The following table shows the allocation to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement from 2003 to 2013.

Exchequer Grant

€000s

2003

3,828

2004

4,250

2005

4,538

2006

4,713

2007

4,823

2008

4,957

2009

5,535

2010

6,086

2011

5,967

2012

5,660

2013

5,355