Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (247)

Michael McGrath


247. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the percentage growth in current spending, capital spending and total spending in each of the years since 2000; the percentage movement in GDP and GNP; the General Government Balance in percentage terms in each year in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31159/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The percentage growth in gross voted current, capital and total expenditure from 2000 to 2019 is available at the following link:


. These expenditure figures are available on

In a number of years, there are technical changes which impact on the year-on-year increases.

This includes the disestablishment of the HSE Vote in 2014, with expenditure of the HSE now met by way of a grant from the Department of Health Vote.  As a consequence, certain income previously recognised as appropriations-in-aid on the HSE Vote is now retained by the HSE and is no longer reflected in gross expenditure ceilings or outturns from 2015 on.

Another significant alteration includes changes to the arrangements for funding of domestic water services in 2017. This impacted on the year-on-year increase from 2017 to 2018. Following the enactment of the Water Services Act 2017, all Motor Tax receipts are paid into the Exchequer, rather than the Local Government Fund, and all State funding for domestic water services is provided through the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. This resulted in an increase in gross voted expenditure in the Revised Estimates Volume (REV) 2018 for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government of €792 million.  This increase had no impact on overall General Government expenditure. 

Also included in the spreadsheet is the percentage movement in both GDP and GNP (based on current market prices) from 2000 to 2019. For 2000 – 2018, this data is sourced from  The General Government Balance as a percentage of GDP figures presented here are also from the CSO. For 2019, the Department of Finance projections are provided, as published in the 2019 Stability Programme Update.