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Government Expenditure

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 3 July 2018

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Questions (69, 70, 71, 72, 73)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

69. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Finance the total Exchequer spending for each of the years 1997 to 2017 and to date in 2018. [28733/18]

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Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

70. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Finance the Exchequer spending disaggregated by current and capital expenditure for each of the years 1997 to 2017 and to date in 2018. [28734/18]

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Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

71. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Finance the Exchequer spending increases as a percentage of GDP for each of the years 1997 to 2017 and to date in 2018. [28735/18]

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Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

72. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Finance the general Exchequer deficits as a percentage of GDP for each of the years 1997 to 2017 and to date in 2018. [28736/18]

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Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

73. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Finance the Exchequer tax revenues as a percentage of GDP for each of the years 1997 to 2017 and to date in 2018. [28737/18]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 69 to 73, inclusive, together.

The information requested by the Deputy is publicly available (up to 2016) in the Budgetary Statistics annual publication available at https://www.finance.gov.ie/what-we-do/public-finances/budgetary-framework/) and reproduced for the Deputy’s convenience in the following table. I have provided the requested ratios as a percentage of GDP. However, given the documented issues around GDP, particularly after the level shift for 2015’s GDP, I have also given these ratios over GNI* as a means to more accurately reflect the Exchequer developments.

Furthermore, the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) provides independent and impartial information, analysis and advice to the Houses of the Oireachtas. The Deputy can avail of the PBO as a source of financial and budgetary intelligence.

Exchequer Current Spending (€ millions)

Exchequer Capital Spending (€ millions)

Total Exchequer Spending (€ millions)

Y-o-Y Growth in exchequer spending as a % of GDP

Exchequer Balance as a % of GDP

Exchequer Tax Revenue as a % of GDP

Growth in exchequer spending as a % of GNI*

Exchequer Balance as a % of GNI*

Exchequer Tax Revenue as a % of GNI*

1997

17,809

2,162

19,971

2.8

-0.4

26.1

3.0

-0.5

28.8

1998

18,301

2,934

21,235

1.6

1.2

25.5

1.7

1.3

28.3

1999

19,750

8,591

28,341

7.7

1.6

25.4

8.8

1.9

29.2

2000

20,634

6,527

27,162

-1.1

2.9

25.0

-1.2

3.4

28.7

2001

24,009

6,020

30,029

2.4

0.5

22.9

2.8

0.6

26.8

2002

26,126

6,868

32,993

2.2

0.1

21.5

2.6

0.1

25.8

2003

28,747

6,678

35,425

1.7

-0.7

22.1

1.9

-0.8

25.7

2004

30,764

6,729

37,493

1.3

0.0

22.8

1.5

0.0

26.5

2005

33,496

7,847

41,344

2.3

-0.3

23.1

2.6

-0.3

26.9

2006

37,090

8,662

45,752

2.4

1.2

24.6

2.7

1.4

28.4

2007

40,896

10,019

50,915

2.6

-0.8

24.0

3.1

-1.0

28.0

2008

44,693

11,043

55,736

2.6

-6.8

21.7

3.0

-7.9

25.4

2009

45,248

14,737

59,985

2.5

-14.5

19.4

3.1

-17.8

23.9

2010

47,020

7,963

54,983

-3.0

-11.2

18.9

-3.8

-14.1

23.9

2011

48,026

16,197

64,224

5.4

-14.5

19.8

7.0

-19.0

25.9

2012

49,565

7,060

56,625

-4.3

-8.5

20.9

-5.7

-11.2

27.5

2013

51,117

5,075

56,192

-0.2

-6.4

21.0

-0.3

-8.0

26.4

2014

49,757

8,836

58,593

1.2

-4.2

21.2

1.6

-5.3

26.7

2015

49,125

9,526

58,652

0.0

0.0

17.4

0.0

0.0

26.4

2016

49,648

6,428

56,075

-0.9

-0.4

17.4

-1.4

-0.5

25.3

2017

50,898

5,569

56,468

0.1

0.6

17.1

0.2

0.9

25.2

2018

22,460

1,430

23,890

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

These figures are unaudited and as such are subject to change following the publication of the respective Finance Accounts

Figures for 2018 are up to and including May as the Exchequer figures for the month of June are yet to be finalised.

As only five months 2018 Exchequer data are available, a ratio using an annualised denominator is not appropriate.

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