Thursday, 17 December 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
150. Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Transport the breakdown of the programme changes that will be made in order to achieve the savings in his Department outlined in budget 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47898/09]
Pay and administrative savings of €2.9 million which will be achieved through the Incentivised Career Breaks, Shorter Working Year and Incentivised Early Retirement schemes together with cutbacks in travel and incidental expenses across all activities within the Department.
A reduction of €0.65 million in the administrative expenditure of the National Roads Authority (NRA) and of €13.8 million on regional and local road maintenance. The NRA reductions will be achieved by natural wastage and efficiency savings. The regional and local roads reductions will be offset by the combined benefits of falls in material costs, in particular the lower cost of bitumen, and general reductions in construction related costs.
A reduction of €3.5 million in expenditure on the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF). This saving is being achieved through efficiencies and cost reductions and will not impact on service delivery in 2010.
A reduction of €27 million in public service provision payments to CIE, which will be achieved through cost reduction and efficiency measures and service adjustments to reflect reduced patterns of demand.
A reduction of €1 million in Railway Safety Commission (RSC) administrative expenditure. This will not have any adverse effect on the Commission’s regulatory functions as they will be funded by a levy under the Railway Safety Act 2005.
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