Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (34)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

34. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the State’s exposure to rents on vacant properties has decreased since the Government came to office; if he will provide an updated list of all properties rented by the State that are vacant at present including the annual rental amounts due in respect of each and the agency that acts as tenant; all former vacant rented properties which have become occupied in the past year; all formerly occupied properties which have fallen vacant in the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42298/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The property portfolio of the State covers lands and buildings owned or leased by a wide variety of organisations in addition to the Civil Service, including local authorities, organisations such as the Health Services Executive and non-commercial State bodies such as the Industrial Development Authority and SFADCo. It would be necessary for the Deputy to obtain the information she requires from the different organisations concerned.

In the time available, it has not been possible for the Office of Public Works to collate the data required by the Deputy insofar as the Civil Service is concerned. The Office will, however, furnish the relevant data to the Deputy shortly.