Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Questions (168)

Joan Burton

Question:

168. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the areas to which the €200 million allocation in the SES for the expenditure reserve will be allocated; the amount which will be allocated to the national children’s hospital and the national broadband plan, respectively; if the €200 million will be capital expenditure that recurs annually; the way in which it will be profiled for beyond 2020; if the capital allocations to specific Departmental vote groups will be updated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30284/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

As set out in the Summer Economic Statement (SES) an expenditure reserve of up to €0.2 billion is to be established in 2020 to accommodate funding requirements liable to arise in connection with the National Broadband Plan and National Children’s Hospital. No decision has been made at this time regarding the specific allocation of this reserve as the funding of additional costs in relation to these projects will be considered as part of the Budget 2020 estimates process, reflecting the most up-to-date position relating to capital spending at the time. Beyond 2020, the SES reflects the impact on the General Government Balance of additional expenditure in respect of the National Broadband Plan.