Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (826, 827)

Barry Cowen

Question:

826. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount allocated to the national broadband plan in 2020; the amount of this which will be coming from the reserve fund of €200 million; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44183/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

827. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount required in each of the years 2019 to 2028 and from 2029 to 2043 under the headings of projected subsidy, conditional subsidy and contingent subsidy encroachment in the context of the level of funding required for the National Development Plan 2018-2027 and the national broadband plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44239/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 826 and 827 together.

The overall subsidy for the NBP State intervention over 25 years, as approved by Government, is €2.143 billion, excluding a contingency of €480 million and VAT of €354 million.

Based on the National Development Plan allocation, funding for the National Broadband Plan in my Department in the 2019 budget was €75 million.

The Government has allocated €119m in the 2020 budget, including an additional allocation of €30 million from the 2020 capital reserve, for the initial roll out of the National Broadband Plan State Intervention in 2020.

The multi-annual expenditure ceilings for Capital Expenditure for my Department are published in the Budget 2020 Expenditure Report. The total capital expenditure ceiling for my Department for 2021 is €517m and for 2022 is €611m.

The detailed allocations required for the NBP for 2021 and for subsequent years of the NBP, to deliver high speed broadband to over 1.1 million people in the intervention area, will be settled in the context of the annual Estimates process.