Written Answers. - Local Government Expenditure.

Robert Molloy

Ceist:

86 Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for the Environment if he will give the percentage of local government expenditure as a proportion of GDP in each of the years 1985 to 1993.

Because of the introduction of 100 per cent capital grants in 1988 and the elimination of loan repayments and subsidies on capital loans written off by the Exchequer, there was a significant technical once-off reduction in the figures for total local authority expenditure between 1987 and 1988. As a result, figures for local authority expenditure as a percentage of GDP in the years 1985 and 1987 are not comparable with those for the 1988 to 1993 period. The percentages in question are as follows: 1985, 8.5 per cent; 1986, 8.2 per cent; 1987, 7.5 per cent; 1988, 5.1 per cent; 1989, 4.7 per cent; 1990, 4.7 per cent; 1991, 4.8 per cent; 1992, 4.7 per cent; 1993, 5.1 per cent.

Robert Molloy

Ceist:

87 Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for the Environment the percentages of total Government expenditure by local government in each of the years 1991 to 1993.

Local authority expenditure amounted to 13.6 per cent of Government expenditure in 1991, 13.0 per cent in 1992, and 13.7 per cent in 1993.

Robert Molloy

Ceist:

88 Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for the Environment the percentage of local government expenditure spent on administration in each of the years 1991 to 1993.

Robert Molloy

Ceist:

89 Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for the Environment if he will give a breakdown of local government revenue, classified by source, for each county council, county borough corporation, borough corporation, urban district council and town commission for each of the years 1992 and 1993.

Robert Molloy

Ceist:

90 Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for the Environment if he will give a breakdown of local government expenditure by each county council, county borough corporation, borough corporation, urban district council and town commission for each of the years 1992 and 1993.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 88, 89 and 90 together.

Information on receipts and current expenditure of individual local authorities is contained in the Local Authority Estimates Volumes published by my Department and copies of which are available in the Oireachtas Library. The volumes give specific information on "administration and miscellaneous" for each local authority; this heading includes, as well as the direct cost of administration, items such as central management charges; office accommodation expenses; computer and legal expenses; fees in respect of audit and valuation; and staff recruitment costs, as well as insurance and public liability costs.