Thursday, 27 June 2019

Questions (216)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

216. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the capital spend to date in 2019, including the capital carryover from 2018, by subhead; the provision under each subhead including the capital carryover from 2018 provided for in the Revised Estimates Volume for 2019; the details of the significant overspends or underspends under each subhead; the action to be taken to deal with same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27429/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The table below shows the capital allocations on sub head basis for 2019 as per the 2019 Revised Estimates Volume, and actual expenditure to end May 2019:

2019 Subhead

Sub-head Name and component schemes

REV 2019 Allocation €000

Actual Spend Jan-May 2019 €000

AB

Administration Budget: Capital (includes IMT equipment , Office Machinery, Laboratory,)

5,800

986

A3

Food Safety, Animal Health

720

0

B.3

Agri-Environmental Schemes (Traditional Buildings Scheme)

1,250

0

B.5

Development of Agriculture & Food (Farm grants)

(Includes TAMS, Horticulture Industry, Organic Sector Development )

77,530

34,016

B.6

Beef Sustainability Schemes (inc BEEP)

1,150

0

B.10

Forestry (includes €22m carryover from 2018 not shown in REV)

100,179

68,072

B.12

Other Farm Schemes

500

0

C.4

Development and Promotion of Agriculture & Food (non- farm) includes Food Industry Investment & Prepared Consumer Food Centre

13,630

2,165

C.5

Teagasc

9,150

800

C.7

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund

11,144

6,000

C.11

Other: Restoration Johnstown Castle

520

520

D.3

Fisheries includes Fisheries Harbour Centre & Seafood Development Programme

28,427

3,674

D.4

Marine Institute

12,000

3,400

D.5

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

12,100

1,750

D.6

Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

400

95

D.7

Haulbowline Remediation

2,500

556

Total 2019 Capital

277,000

122,034

Subhead allocations are voted on an annual rather than on a monthly or quarterly basis, so excess or underspend can only be definitively declared at the year end. By the end of May 2019, 44% of my department’s capital allocation had been expended, though as shown by the table above, the portion of the full allocation spent in that period varies from subhead to subhead.

Expenditure is monitored constantly against indicative monthly subhead profiles, and, in that regard, expenditure in TAMS is ahead of profile by approximately €4m while expenditure in the Forestry is behind profile by almost the same amount. Expenditure in such demand-led schemes, which comprise the majority of my department’s voted capital, is driven largely by submission of payment claims by eligible participants, the timing of which can vary from year-to-year as circumstances change. This makes profiling more complicated and performance against profile at this point of the year is not necessarily the ideal predictor of the likely outturn although it does give a general indication of financial trends.

My Department will continue to manage its voted resources to obtain the best possible outturn for the year.