The expenditure provisions for my Department are set out in Vote 31 as published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. This year, my Department’s Gross Vote allocation is €2,041m made up of €796m Current and €1,245m Capital expenditure. My Department's Net Vote allocation is €1,591m made up of €630m Current and €961m Capital expenditure. In addition, sanction was also provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for my Department to carry over of €8.7m for capital expenditure.
My Department has already indicated to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform expenditure cuts in the region of €49m in 2013, balanced by a contractually committed increase of almost €20m in the cost of the Coast Guard’s contract for the provision of Search and Rescue Helicopter services. As part of the Estimates and budgetary process, my Department is consulting with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to 2013 allocations. It would not be appropriate for me to comment further at this stage on the specifics of savings that may or may not be achieved in 2013 pending the outcome of these deliberative processes.