Cowen, Brian

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 668 No. 3

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Ceisteanna — Questions - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the number of staff who have applied for relocation under the decentralisation programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of members of staff of his Department who have applied for relocation under the Government’s decentralisation programme; the numbers who have relocated; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Was asked: the way the decentralisation programme affects his Department in terms of staff relocation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 3, inclusive, together. Of the 184 authorised core staffing complement currently serving in my Department, 32 have applied through the central applications facili...More Button

The decentralisation implementation group has made a number of reports since this was first announced, such as outlining the expected timescales involved. Of the 2,500 staff already relocated, a furt...More Button

Deputy Kenny, unfortunately, is not a supporter of the programme. In this phase of the programme, over 6,000 public and civil servants will be relocated. Over 14,000 public and civil servants applie...More Button

The programme was the most ambitious ever devised in the State. It aimed to include not only those Departments which had a tradition of decentralisation and interoperability but also the wider public...More Button

I do not accept that. There are 2,500 relocations, which is in excess of previous schemes.More Button

Some are.More Button

Let us be clear about this. The decentralisation programme is available to everyone. If it is characterised as an administrative relocation, people from all parts of the country who work in the publ...More Button

No, let us be fair. He indicated the hope that 10,000 would relocate in three years. It was clear once we got into the IR process that this would not be possible. The decentralisation implementatio...More Button

That is clearly set out by the decentralisation implementation group, the report of which was adopted by the Government. We have moved on in terms of timelines. We are stating that by the end of 201...More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that the detail of that would be best put to the line Minister concerned in terms of the Department of public service but I will try to answer the questions as best I can fr...More Button

Or from Dublin. Deputy Gilmore can put a Dublin name in there somewhere. He does not have to make it very complicated.More Button

I do not have that figure.More Button

I will make inquiries about that.More Button

I cannot win with Deputy Gilmore.More Button

One must have an orderly process where members of a service are entitled as a right to apply where a post arises.More Button

Deputy Gilmore knows that better than most. He remembers that. That number of posts has been taken out of Dublin into the country areas in the locations decided upon. Were we not to have a decentra...More Button

It is 2,500 now with 3,500 ready to move.More Button

It is not a question of jigging around.More Button

Either one gives equal entitlement to people in the public service or one does not. There is no jigging around.More Button

I do not have that figure.More Button

The question was put down to my Department but it is not my Department’s responsibility. I cannot win with Deputy Gilmore.More Button

The rising of the moon.More Button

Decisions on the timing of further work on the implementation of the balance of the decentralisation programme are being deferred, pending the outcome of the 2011 review. That is a sensible and reaso...More Button

I cannot say. I have not received that detail from the central applications facility. It is obvious that they are continuing to indicate an interest in relocating. The decentralisation implementati...More Button

No, it is not. The costs of the decentralisation programme will continue during the coming financial year and the following year as we complete the process of moving 3,500 people earmarked for reloca...More Button

I can. These 6,000 posts apply to 40 locations outside Dublin and the other 13 locations will come into play at another time. All these locations to my knowledge are working well. I have heard of n...More Button

That is a level of detail I do not have with me. A specific question to the Minister for Finance will elicit the information.More Button

Any what?More Button

I am only surmising. I do not have the information in front of me so I would not be able to answer accurately.More Button

They would be redeployed to other duties in a non-decentralised location.More Button

The Deputy is asking me to speculate but I do not have that level of detail. A question to the Minister for Finance or to the decentralisation implementation group would probably give the Deputy more...More Button

I am not in charge of the decentralisation programme.More Button

Leaders’ Questions.

The answer to the second question is “No”. The serious point to be made is about the fact that as a result of the Comptroller and Auditor General looking into public procurement issues in FÁS, the Tá...More Button

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment also asked it to examine the corporate services aspect of that operation since 2000. This process is in place and both the chairman and ...More Button

I am not standing over any profligate or unauthorised spending. No one can stand over that. The process that is being undertaken is being conducted by the Committee of Public Accounts. The Comptrol...More Button

On Deputy Enda Kenny’s point about information being brought to the Committee of Public Accounts, I understand from listening to a radio interview this morning with the committee’s Vice Chairman that ...More Button

I understand the legitimate anger and concern that people have expressed on some of the issues brought to public attention in recent days and times regarding this organisation. I can reply to the Dep...More Button

I do not believe certain items of expenditure should have been incurred. In regard to that specific issue, it is clear. We must ensure that the accountability of the organisation is such that we fin...More Button

That issue is in hand. I am not aware of another agency that has this issue before it but clearly Ministers should contact agencies under their remit and have the chief executives confirm that their ...More Button

Order of Business.

It is proposed to take No. 8, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of the Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income and Capital Gains) (Republic of Turkey) Order 2008, back from committee; No. 9,...More Button

I reject the contentions made by both Opposition Deputies on this matter. The functions conducted by the Combat Poverty Agency are held by the Minister for Social and Family Affairs. The question of...More Button

I would not accept the contentions made by the Deputy on that basis.More Button

Question put: “That the Dáil shall sit later than 8.30 p.m. tonight.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

It is proposed to refer these Supplementary Estimates to select committees in the normal way.More Button

This referral gives the various committees a great opportunity to discuss these issues in detail with the relevant Ministers. In fact, it would be a far more effective debate than if it was in plenar...More Button

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with Nos. 8 to 15, inclusive, be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

It is due in this session. I cannot be any more specific.More Button

I am not aware that it is promised.More Button

I understand it is due next year.More Button

I did not say “early”.More Button

The criminal justice (public order) (amendment) Bill is due next year.More Button

I understand that will also be next year.More Button

I do not think so.More Button

There are proposals to be submitted to Government next year on the matter but it seems to be at a preliminary stage.More Button

There is no date for that legislation.More Button

That was the intention but I cannot confirm it with certainty.More Button

Yes, it was expected but I cannot assure the Deputy that will be the case.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies.

Was asked: the number and names of organisations or agencies under his auspices which have been amalgamated or eliminated due to budgetary measures; the estimated savings in each case; and if he will make a sta...More Button

There are no organisations or agencies under the remit of my Department which have been amalgamated or eliminated due to recent budgetary measures.More Button

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts.

Was asked: the amount of expenditure on consultancy by his Department in 2006 and 2007; the numbers of consultants engaged by his Department in those years; the names of the consultancy companies awarded contra...More Button

Details of the amount of expenditure on consultancy by my Department in the years 2006 and 2007, the numbers of consultants engaged and the names of the consultancy companies is set out below. In 200...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the estimated spend on mileage allowances for his Department in 2007; the number of claimants in respect of categories (details supplied) under which mileage is paid; the total number of claimants; a...More Button

The total spend on mileage allowances for my Department in 2007 was €46,756. A breakdown of each of the categories is detailed in the table below. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies.

Was asked: the names, affiliations and addresses of the census advisory group; its term of office; the name of the chairperson; the procedure that was used for their appointment; if any organisations or institu...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff.

Was asked: the number of persons employed in his private office; the annual amount paid in respect of salaries and expenses in regard to each person; the expenses paid to persons in his constituency office in t...More Button

A total of 11 staff are employed in my Private Office in Government Buildings. A total of 8 staff are employed between my Constituency Offices in Government Buildings and my Tullamore Office. *1/09/...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the costs involved in off-site rental storage of his departmental documents in designated document storage centres (details supplied). More Button

My Department is paying a monthly rate of 39c per box (inclusive of VAT) for the off site storage of 318 Bankers Boxes. More Button

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