Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (229)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

229. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the increase in 2019 in the expenditure ceiling earmarked for each Department in 2020, by capital funding and current funding; the measures the additional funding is already committed to; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36741/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

Gross voted current and capital expenditure ceilings for the 2020 to 2022 period were published in July of this year in the Mid-Year Expenditure Report (MYER). Table 1.3 on page 8 of the MYER sets out gross voted current expenditure ceilings and table 1.4 on page 9 of the report sets out gross voted capital expenditure ceilings. These tables are also provided in appendix 1.

In terms of current expenditure, pre-committed expenditure for 2020 amounts to €1.2 billion. This is made up of:

- €0.5 billion for demographic pressures in the areas of Health, Social Protection and Education;

- €0.3 billion in carryover costs relating to current expenditure measures introduced in Budget 2019; and

- €0.4 billion for the Public Service Stability Agreement.

Demographic allocations have been included in the published Departmental ceilings for Health, Education and Social Protection. Other pre-committed expenditure, along with the remaining unallocated resources, will be allocated to Departments through the Estimates process, as is usual, with Table 1.3 of the MYER including an amount for unallocated resources of €0.3 billion. 

 In terms of capital expenditure, the ceilings published in the MYER are in line with the National Development Plan allocations. In addition, €0.2 billion has been set aside for an ‘Expenditure Reserve’ for 2020, to meet additional costs arising from the National Children’s Hospital and the National Broadband Plan.

PQ36741/19 - Appendix 1

Table 1: Pre-Budget Ministerial Gross Current Expenditure Ceilings 2020 - 2022

€ million

€ million

€ million

Agriculture, Food and the Marine Group

1,341

1,341

1,341

Business, Enterprise & Innovation Group

330

330

330

Children and Youth Affairs Group

1,478

1,478

1,478

Communications, Climate Action & Environment Group

392

392

392

Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Group

265

265

265

Defence Group

901

901

901

Education & Skills Group

9,880

9,927

9,974

Employment Affairs & Social Protection Group

20,744

21,004

21,264

Finance Group

481

481

481

Foreign Affairs Group

781

781

781

Health Group

16,502

16,650

16,798

Housing, Planning & Local Government Group

1,919

1,919

1,919

Justice Group

2,574

2,574

2,574

Public Expenditure and Reform Group

1,053

1,053

1,053

Rural & Community Development

153

153

153

Taoiseach's Group

192

192

192

Transport, Tourism & Sport Group

756

756

756

Public Service Stability Agreement (Cumulative)

390

651

651

Carryover of Budget 2019 Measures (Cumulative)

311

311

311

Resources to be Allocated 20201

300

300

300

Resources to be Allocated 2021

-

724

724

Resources to be Allocated 2022

-

-

1,100

Total Gross Current Expenditure

60,743

62,183

63,738

Table 2: Ministerial Gross Capital Expenditure Ceilings 2020 – 2022

-

€ million

€ million

€ million

Agriculture, Food and the Marine Group

258

265

275

Business, Enterprise & Innovation Group

630

640

715

Children and Youth Affairs Group

31

32

33

Communications, Climate Action & Environment Group

297

317

400

Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Group

76

80

110

Defence Group

113

120

125

Education & Skills Group

942

1,006

1,100

Employment Affairs & Social Protection Group

15

16

17

Finance Group

22

18

19

Foreign Affairs Group

13

13

14

Health Group

774

780

825

Housing, Planning & Local Government Group

2,205

2,269

2,280

Justice Group

265

208

216

Public Expenditure and Reform Group

214

223

232

Rural & Community Development

150

152

175

Transport, Tourism & Sport Group

2,058

2,526

2,405

Total

8,063

8,665

8,941