Thursday, 7 February 2019

Ceisteanna (91)

Barry Cowen


91. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of staff allocated to the infrastructure projects office; the number at year end 2018; the allocated budget for 2018 and 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6193/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The Investment Projects and Programmes Office was established in July 2018, bringing together existing functions relating to Central Exchequer Capital funding, PPP Policy and Coordination of State Assets with new functions relating to NDP reporting, the Construction Sector Group, and the revision of the capital spending elements of the Public Spending Code.

There are currently 8.3 whole time equivalents in the Investment Projects and Programmes Office. The headcount is unchanged since end 2018.

The non-pay allocation for 2018 was €3,100 of which €1,835 was spent.

The non-pay budget for 2019 is €267,800. The increase relates to projects in support of the work of the Construction Sector Group, initiatives to improve productivity and capacity in the construction sector, and anticipated spending on NDP reporting and information, including a revamped Investment Projects Tracker, Project Ireland Annual Report and portfolio management tool.