Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (368)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

368. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he is satisfied that adequate resources are being provided to the Crimina Assets Bureau to allow it to fully carry out their 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 in relation to 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 Justice)

As the Deputy will be aware, the revised estimates for the year 2013 have yet to be published. A final budget allocation in respect of the Criminal Assets Bureau for 2013 will be included in those estimates. With regard to Deputy's question concerning the possible impact of funding constraints since 2011, I can inform the Deputy that the budget allocation for the Bureau in respect of previous years has been sufficient for the Bureau to carry out its duties. Set out in the table below are the budget outturns and staffing levels in respect of the Bureau for each of the years 2003 to 2012. Further more detailed information concerning the resources allocated to the Bureau are published in the Annual Reports of the Bureau.

Criminal Assets Bureau Resources 2012 - 2003

Year

Budget Outurn

Staffing Level

2012

6.410m

69

2011

6.673m

70

2010

6.531m

68

2009

6.877m

69

2008

7.509m

68

2007

5.108m

59

2006

5.205m

55

2005

5.246m

52

2004

5.675m

50

2003

5.711m

52