Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 674 No. 1

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  251.  Deputy Richard Bruton  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   the breakdown of the €140 million expenditure reduction through general administration efficiencies and savings. [4774/09]

  252.  Deputy Richard Bruton  Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   the breakdown of the €80 million expenditure reduction in professional fees. [4775/09]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Brian Lenihan): Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan  I propose to take Questions Nos. 251 and 252 together.

Of the €140 million savings from general administrative efficiencies, €50 million is in respect of savings arising from the non-payment of the pay increase that had been scheduled for pay[178]ment on 1 September 2009; €25 million is from further administrative efficiencies across all areas; €25 million from savings on procurement; and €25 million savings on advertising, public relations and consultancy expenditure. Savings of €15 million will also be found across a range of Defence expenditure, including equipment purchases.

The €80 million savings on professional fees will arise from an 8% reduction on fees to legal, medical, veterinary and other professions engaged by the public service. The precise details of individual Vote allocations are currently being finalised in consultation with Departments and will be included in the upcoming Revised Estimates Volume 2009.


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