Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (324)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

324. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide year on year in tabular form the amount of public moneys spent on capital construction projects between 2011 and 2013 inclusive. [22737/14]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Government's public capital plan is set out in Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2012-2016: Medium Term Exchequer Framework which was published in November 2011. The Framework outlines the Government's key capital strategic priorities for the period out to 2016. While most of this investment will lead to construction activity, there is also provision in the Framework for other types of capital investment which do not necessarily lead to construction activity e.g. enterprise supports, research and development capital, agriculture and forestry grants, information technology investment and replacement vehicle purchase (including public transport vehicles).

Details in relation to the overall annual Exchequer capital budget for the period to which the Deputy refers along with a breakdown by Department can be found on the databank website hosted by my Department, http://databank.per.gov.ie/. Departmental allocations are also broken down to programme level spend; however, there is no breakdown of construction/non-construction spend.

Ultimately it is a matter for each Minister how they disburse their capital allocations, within the context of relevant Government decisions and the parameters laid out in the Investment Framework. Queries in relation to expenditure by Departments at project level should be directed to the relevant Minister and his/her Department.