Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
129. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Finance 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 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): 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:
|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|
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.
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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