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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 16 July 2015

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Ceisteanna (625)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

625. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the total current and capital funding allocated to his Department; the underspend or overspend in 2015 to date under each category based on his Department's spending profile; the funding made available within and external to his Department's functions to support innovation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30126/15]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

The Department is responsible for two Votes – Vote 28 (Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Vote 27 (International Cooperation).

Monthly profiles for expenditure are in place in my Department and performance against profile is reported regularly to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and is published as part of the Monthly Exchequer Statement. The Monthly Exchequer Statement for June has been published on the website of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Vote 28 figures at the end of June are outlined in the following table:

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Profile to 30th June €’Million

Expenditure to 30th June €’Million

Variance 30th June €’Million

Pay

37.6

37.5

(0.1)

Non-pay

51.2

54.7

3.5

Capital

1

0.8

(0.2)

Total Expenditure

89.8

93

3.2

Pay was on profile to end June. Non-pay was ahead by €3.5M mainly due to payment to international organisations being higher of expectation. Capital is behind profile by €0.2M.

International Co-operation Vote 27 figures at the end of June are outlined in the following table:

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Profile to 30th June €’Million

Expenditure to 30th June €’Million

Variance 30th June €’Million

Pay

7.4

6.9

(0.5)

Non-pay

193.9

246.9

53.0

Capital

0.1

0

0.1

Total Expenditure

201.4

253.8

52.6

Pay was behind profile by €0.5M with non-pay ahead of profile by €53M due to funding to Key Partner Countries and Civil Society Organisations being paid slightly ahead of expectation.

There is not a specific budget line for supporting innovation in my Department. However a number of internal resources are dedicated to reviewing and improving internal processes and external service delivery. is delivered both through the Department’s Knowledge Management Taskforce and through encouraging innovation across the Department’s business units through the business planning process. The Department’s new Statement of Strategy commits to strengthening our influence and our capacity to deliver our goals and the Department is regularly in touch with colleagues working on innovation across Government Departments including through our participation in the cross Departmental Business Process Improvement Network led by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

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