Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (82)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

82. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the capital expenditure provided for in the 2021 Revised Estimates volume; the carry-over of capital from 2020 into 2021 approved for Departments; the steps being taken to ensure full spend of this money in order to provide necessary infrastructure and capital services, taking into account the weeks already lost to construction in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7730/21]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Revised Estimates for 2021 have been published, and were referred to the Dáil Select Committees on 16 December 2020. The Estimates provide Departments and agencies with a capital allocation of €10,081 million for 2021. In addition, and with support from the House last Wednesday 4th February, capital carryover of just under €710 million has been approved. This will bring the total Exchequer capital available for spending in 2021 to approximately €10.8 billion. The table below sets out the Departmental allocations for 2021, including the carryover amounts.

The Deputy will be aware that 2020 was far from an ordinary year, as reflected in the higher than usual requests for capital carry-over. Some of this relates to additional stimulus measures introduced in 2020 to help support economic resilience and recovery, which will now continue to be supported into 2021. As we know, the construction industry was not immune to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in delays to the delivery of some projects. The disruption has unfortunately continued in 2021 but some key public infrastructure projects have been allowed to continue as they have been deemed essential.

A review of the NDP has commenced, with the objective of updating the existing plan in line with commitments outlined in the Programme for Government. The review will take on board developments since 2018 such as the impacts of Covid-19 and consider important areas such as climate action, housing, balanced regional development, healthcare, transport, education, and the associated resourcing requirements. As part of the NDP review I will be looking at evaluating and improving the capacity to deliver public capital projects.

In addition, my Department will continue to engage with other Departments over the course of the year in respect of the management of expenditure within the agreed expenditure allocations.

2021 REV Allocation€,m

Carryover from 2020€,m

Total €,m

Agriculture, Food & the Marine

299,293

31,600

330,893

Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth

32,100

4,100

36,200

Defence

131,000

-

131,000

Education

740,433

-

740,433

Enterprise, Trade & Employment

558,147

106,200

664,347

Environment, Climate & Communications

579,178

37,747

616,925

Finance Group

34,000

-

34,000

Foreign Affairs Group

13,000

-

13,000

Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science

500,096

16,700

516,796

Health

1,048,250

68,174

1,116,424

Housing, Local Government & Heritage

2,766,400

214,000

2,980,400

Justice Group

258,307

27,013

285,320

Public Expenditure and Reform Group

222,262

21,694

243,956

Rural & Community Development

168,644

13,180

181,824

Social Protection

16,000

910

16,910

Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport, Gaeltacht, and Media

185,924

16,892

202,816

Transport

2,527,500

151,480

2,678,980

Total

10,080,534

709,690

10,790,224