Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Ceisteanna (442)

Seán Fleming

Ceist:

442. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of State agencies and public bodies that have been merged or abolished in each year since 2011 under the remit of his Department; the annual savings associated with each body; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21790/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The Government, on completion of a wide ranging review of State Bodies, published its decision on the rationalisation of such Bodies in November 2012. In relation to my Department, the Ordnance Survey of Ireland (OSI) will be merged with the Property Registration Authority and the Valuation Office which will, this year, see it transfer to the Department of Justice and Equality, who are leading on the transfer process. Medium term savings are likely to be achievable in the areas of common back office functions such as HR, conventional (non-specialised) IT systems, Financial Management and Corporate Services. There may also be potential savings in the areas of accommodation and software licences. In the longer term, greater efficiencies/synergies in delivery of the merged organisation’s services may lead to further savings in operational areas. Additional commercial revenues which would reduce the burden on the State may also be achievable in the medium to long term. The Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA) will transition to Dublin City Council (DCC) pending the enactment of legislation. Arrangements for the transitioning of DHDA to DCC are underway with a view to completing the transition this year.

There is provision for certain back-office administrative functions of the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to be merged. It should be noted that neither BAI nor ComReg is Exchequer funded and any savings achieved would not reduce Exchequer expenditure.