Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (253)

Seán Fleming

Question:

253. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he has received any indicative figure from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding the fiscal adjustments his Department will be asked to make in 2014 and 2015; the size of those adjustments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26541/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has asked my Department to identify options for savings which will ensure that there is a sufficient range of proposals to assist the Government in making informed choices about spending priorities and allocations in the preparation of the 2014 Estimates. The scale of the adjustments for 2014 were set out in the Comprehensive Expenditure Report 2013, which was published in December 2012. The Government will also make decisions on the future ceilings, including 2015, as part of the forthcoming budgetary deliberations and in that context, my Department has been asked to identify measures that could yield savings equivalent to 5% of the Department’s gross current spending in 2013 in order to provide a range of options to inform the decision-making process.