Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Ceisteanna (163)

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

290 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the total receipts from the health levy in each year since 1997, including her estimate for 2004 based on the returns for the year to date. [25281/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Health)

The amount received by my Department in respect of health contributions for each year since 1997 is set out in the following table.

Year

€ million

1997

290.623

1998

360.620

1999

539.051

2000

679.592

2001

723.395

2002

751.273

2003

855.938

2004 to date

635.479.

The 2004 estimated receipt from health contributions, as published in the 2004 revised Estimates volume, is €897.005 million. Health contributions are paid to my Department by the Department of Social and Family Affairs in respect of employees and by the Revenue Commissioners in respect of the self-employed. A total of €261.526 million, or 29% of the original Estimate, is required from these sources by year end to meet the original estimated figure. A projection to year end, based on receipts to date, would indicate a possible surplus on the original published Estimate, should the trends to date continue.