Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
127. Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Minister for Finance the funding that has been made available for training civil servants in 2010; the extent to which this sum has been further reduced since the initial allocation in the estimates for relevant Departments, the extent to which such sums have been spent to the end of June 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30431/10]
Minister for Finance (Deputy Brian Lenihan): An allocation of €335,000 has been made in respect of my Department for the purpose of staff training and there has been no reduction in this allocation. The total amount spent from this allocation up to the end of June 2010 is €86,500 or 26% of the overall budget. Greater expenditure is normally profiled from the training budget arising from the operation of the refund of fees scheme which fall due for payment in the later half of the year.
I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the funding made available to train Revenue staff in 2010 is €1,927,500. There has been no reduction in this allocation. The expenditure on training to the end of June amounts to €663,131. Expenditure to the mid point of the year is 34% of the budget. This is in accordance with the expenditure profile, which envisages the majority of expenditure payments occurring in the later half of the year when the balance of some larger bills, such as University of Limerick and refund of fee’s fall due for payment.
In the case of the Office of Public Works, I am informed that the allocation of funding for non-industrial staff, under Subhead A3 and A5 of their Vote for Training and Development for 2010 is €603,000 and this has not been reduced since the Revised Estimates for Public Services was published on 18 February, 2010. Of this, the total spend to date for Training and Development in 2010 is €209,557. In addition, training for State industrial employees is funded from the various operational programmes of the Vote as and when required. Expenditure to date in 2010 for such training amounted to €121,656.
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