Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 723 No. 2

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  90.  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 recommendations contained in the special group on public service numbers and expenditure programme that pertain to the Revenue Commissioners, the Valuations Office, the Public Appointments Service, the Office of the Commission for Public Service Appointments and the Office of the Ombudsman; the detail of each of the proposed savings in relation to each body; which of these have been implemented to date; the total savings achieved to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44677/10]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Brian Lenihan): Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan  The recommendations contained in the special group on public service numbers and expenditure programme that pertain to the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, the Valuation Office, the Public Appointments Service, the Office of the Commission for Public Service Appointments and the Office of the Ombudsman; the detail of each of the proposed savings in relation to each body; which of these have been implemented to date and the total savings achieved to date as requested by the Deputy are contained in the following table.

Bodies under the aegis of the Minister for Finance Implementation Stage Special Group Report Savings Estimate Expected Savings in 2010 Expected Savings in a Full Year
RECOMMENDATION IN THE REPORT OF THE SPECIAL GROUP In Full Partial €m €m €m
Programme F — Office of the Revenue Commissioners
F.1 Examine scope for further efficiencies 1 10.0 10.0 10.0
F.2 IT Efficiencies 1 8.6 8.6 8.6
F.3 Efficient use of consumables 1 5.0 5.0 5.0
F.4 Savings in legal services 1 1.0 1.0 1.0
F.5 Review the number of regional office locations 1 2.0 2.0 2.0
Programme F savings 26.6 26.6
Programme J — Valuation Office
J.1 Administrative efficiencies 1 0.5 0.85 1.031
J.2 Merge the Valuation Office and the Ordnance Survey of Ireland (OSI) with the Property Registration Authority (PRA) 1 1.5
Programme J savings 0.85 1.031
Programme K — Public Appointments Service
K.1 Reduce Expenditure by 20% 1
Reduce large volume recruitment 1 2.4 1.163 1.163
Rationalise senior executive recruitment 1 1.6 1.116 1.116
Deferral of selected research projects and staff efficiencies 1 0.5 0.142 0.142
Improve the efficiency of recruitment 1 0.4 Included in above Included in above
K.2 Staff reductions 1 3.0 1.972 1.972
Programme K savings 4.393 4.393
Programme L — Office of the Commission for Public Service Appointments
L.1 Potential to merge the Office of the Commission for Public Service Appointments with the Office of the Ombudsman 1
L.2 Reduce staff numbers 1 0.3 0.15 0.3
Programme L savings 0.15 0.3
Programme M — Office of the Ombudsman
M.1 Consider undertaking investigative functions at lower grading levels 1
M.2 Amalgamate ombudsmen/regulators offices into the Office of the Ombudsman 1
Programme M savings
Total Programme Savings 32.0 32.3


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