Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 722 No. 2

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  129.  Deputy Lucinda Creighton  Information on Lucinda Creighton  Zoom on Lucinda Creighton   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan   the total savings his Department has made as a result of the recommendations contained in the report of the special group on public service numbers and expenditure programmes pertaining to the Office of Public [429]Works and the National Treasury Management Agency; the detail of each of the proposed savings in relation to each body; which of these have been implemented to date; the savings achieved to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43341/10]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Brian Lenihan): Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan  OPW. Savings of €41m were recommended for the Office of Public Works in the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes. The saving achieved on the 2010 Estimate OPW Vote versus 2009 Allocation amounted to €21m. The broad areas where savings were achieved are as follows:

€m
Reduction in Industrial Staff Numbers 2.535
Reduction in Administrative Staff Numbers and savings in non-pay administrative costs 3.965
Rationalisation of Dublin Office Accommodation including surrender of leases and postponement of contracts 10.326
Engineering and Property maintenance service reductions 3.437
Reduction of Heritage Services and events 2.734
Total 20.907

The Office of Public Works will continue to achieve savings across all activities which, it is anticipated, will realise savings in excess of those mentioned in the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes.

NTMA

The Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes recommended savings of €5.3 million and reductions in budgeted staff of 40 in relation to programmes managed by the NTMA.

The NTMA has made savings of €5 million from implementation of savings recommended in the Report. This involves a reduction of 32 in budgeted staff allocations in the programmes referred to in the Report. It should be noted that these figures do not take into account increases in overall NTMA costs and staffing arising from the allocation of additional functions with regard to the National Asset Management Agency and banking system functions of the Minister for Finance.


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