Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Ceisteanna (105)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

105. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the corporate governance structure of the SCU in particular with regard to its budget allocation; and if there is much involvement with the Department of Finance regarding same. [11292/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

The programme of work for the Strategic Communications Unit is part of the Civil Service Renewal Programme, which is overseen by the Civil Service Management Board (CSMB). A subgroup of the CSMB has been established to deal with this initiative. This subgroup has met twice.

An effective system of internal financial control is maintained and operated in my Department. Formal reporting arrangements have been established at all levels where responsibility for financial management has been assigned. The financial functions of my Department are also subject to regular audit by both internal audit and the Officer of the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Each month, my Department, along with all other Government Departments, provides details of expenditure incurred under various subheads to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. This information feeds into the Exchequer Statements which are published on a monthly basis.

Question No. 106 answered with Question No. 73.