Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (193)

Gerald Nash

Question:

193. Deputy Ged Nash asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the pay bill for the Defence Forces as a percentage of the gross Exchequer civil and public service pay bill from 2013 to 2020, inclusive, and to date in 2021, in tabular form; the amount returned to the Exchequer from the defence budget in the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8746/21]

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The below table outlines the gross pay bill for the Defence Vote for the years 2013 to 2020 excluding pay to civil servants in the Department of Defence, and as a percentage of the overall gross Exchequer civil and service pay bill. The figures provided are as per the Appropriation Accounts for each year, with the exception of 2020 where the Provisional Outturn has been used as the Appropriation Account is not yet finalised.

The amounts returned to the Exchequer from the defence allocation in each of these years are also outlined. These amounts are the net figures, and thus, the expenditure outturn is compared with the sums granted by Dáil Éireann under the Appropriation Act, including the amount that could be used as appropriations-in-aid of expenditure for the year.

For 2021, it is too early to provide definitive figures.

Defence Forces Pay Bill (in €000)*

Gross overall Civil & Public Service Pay Bill (in €000)*

Defence Force Pay Bill as percentage of over Pay Bill

Amount returned to Exchequer from Defence Budget (in €000)**

2013

475,144

15,050,150

3.2%

20,230

2014

447,845

14,710,072

3.0%

13,577

2015

441,315

15,126,855

2.9%

13,684

2016

437,316

15,576,424

2.8%

26,557

2017

452,308

16,514,811

2.7%

21,368

2018

454,182

17,757,169

2.6%

17,050

2019

477,125

18,907,187

2.5%

11,373

2020

467,611

20,205,137

2.3%

6,169

*2013-2019 figures are as per the Appropriation Accounts, for 2020 the figure is as per the Provisional Outturn

**The amount returned to the Exchequer is calculated as the difference between the expenditure outturn and the sums granted by granted by Dáil Éireann under the Appropriation Act, including the amount that could be used as appropriations-in-aid of expenditure for the year.