Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (87)

Róisín Shortall


87. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the projected increase in the gross capital expenditure ceiling applying to his Department in 2020 over 2019; and the projects this increase has been earmarked for. [37454/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The Mid-Year Expenditure Report (MYER) for 2019 sets out the baseline position in relation to gross Voted expenditure ceilings. The MYER makes provision for a capital expenditure allocation of €113 million for Defence in 2020, in accordance with the National Development Plan. This represents an increase of €7 million on the corresponding 2019 allocation.

The National Development Plan provides an overall capital expenditure allocation of €541 million for Defence for the period from 2018-2022. This level of capital funding will allow Defence to continue its programme of sustained equipment replacement and infrastructural development, as identified and prioritised in the White Paper on Defence.