Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (87)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

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.