Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (217)

Seán Fleming

Question:

217. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the expenditure adjustment that will be made within his Department in 2014; the full-year impact of expenditure measures that will be taken in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45580/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Exchequer contribution to the Vote for the Department will amount to some €1,203 million in 2014, which is comprised of some €1,019.2 million in current expenditure and €183.7 million capital expenditure. While this represents a fall of €29.5m.in overall terms on the current budget in 2014 compared to 2013, it nevertheless reflects the reality of macro level budgetary constraints. It is also worth noting that some agriculture schemes are coming to the end of their natural life and separately, the Department continues to reduce the administrative cost of delivering its programmes for farmers and the agri-food sector as part of its reform programme.

Details of adjustments to the Department's current budget (excluding central pay policy developments) to comply with the 2014 expenditure ceiling are as follows:

Current budget 2014

€ m.

Current Budget 2013

1,048.7

- Savings from scheme closures (REPs, Early retirement, Suckler Cow)

37.6

- Reduction in animal health and market support areas

12.4

- Additional pay savings to be achieved over and above pay savings achieved through the Haddington Road Agreement

2.9

Subtotal

52.9

Increased funding for new measures (Beef Genomics Scheme)

(23.4)

Total saving

29.5

Current budget 2014

1,019.2

Capital Budget 2014

€ m.

Capital budget as set out in the 2013 Expenditure Report

168

Adjustments: forestry and Haulbowline remediation

15.7

Capital budget 2014

183.7