Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Questions (129)

Bríd Smith

Question:

129. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the funding and expenditure not spent by each Department and returned to the Exchequer in 2019. [51923/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

As set out in the most recent Fiscal Monitor, at the end of November, total net voted expenditure amounted to €47.95 billion, and was €664 million or 1.4% below profile.

The Revised Estimates for Public Services 2019 set out an overall full year net voted allocation of €53.95 billion across the 42 Votes this year. In addition to this, 13 Substantive Supplementary Estimates and 4 Technical Supplementary Estimates with an aggregate value of €634 million have been presented to Dáil Éireann, and are scheduled to return to the Dáil on the 12th of December, following completion of consideration by the relevant Committees.

As outlined in Expenditure Report 2020, and in line with previous years, it is anticipated that there will be underspends across the system which will partially offset the Supplementary Estimates to be approved by the Dáil. The end-year Exchequer Returns, published in early January, will provide an indication of the scale of such underspends for this year, with the final amount to be surrendered by Vote determined in the Appropriation Accounts.

€396 million of the net voted expenditure underspend versus profile at the end of November, relates to capital expenditure. Under the capital carryover facility Departments may carry over from the current year to the following year unspent capital up to a maximum of 10% of voted capital. The capital to be carried over into 2020 will be set out in this year’s Appropriation Bill.