Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Questions (20)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

20. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total expenditure to date this year on voted services; the way this compares with profied capital and current expenditure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23648/14]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Government decided on Departmental allocations for 2014 in the Budget which was announced on 15th October, 2013. The full details in relation to these allocations were set out in the Revised Estimates for Public Services, 2014 (REV) published on 18th December, 2013 and approved by the Dáil on Thursday, 30th January, 2014.  Ministers and their Departments are responsible for ensuring adherence to Vote-level allocations and for managing the delivery of services. After the REV was approved, each Vote set out its expected net and gross expenditure profile on a cumulative month by month basis and, as is normal, these profiles were made public and were laid in the Oireachtas Library.  All Departments report to my Department on a monthly basis in relation to their actual current and capital expenditure compared with their published profiles and explain variances where they arise. The updated expenditure position is published each month by my Department as part of the Exchequer position published by the Department of Finance.

I am pleased to report that the overall Exchequer voted gross and net expenditure figures to the end of May are showing that both current and capital expenditure are below profile.  Gross voted current expenditure of almost €20.9 billion is €82 million below profile with gross voted capital expenditure of €780 million being €57 million below profile.

The Government is committed to ensuring that our fiscal targets for 2014 are achieved, and in this regard my Department meets regularly with line Departments to review financial management with regular reporting to Government on these matters.