Thursday, 13 October 2011
Dáil Éireann Debate
70. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he expects to complete the comprehensive spending review; if he is satisfied with the level of co-operation and engagement with the review by all Government Departments; the level of savings that have been submitted for consideration by each Department for 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29349/11]
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The Comprehensive Review of Expenditure (CRE) process has involved input from all Departments and their agencies along with work carried out by my Department on cross-cutting issues. The Departmental submissions are a central part of the pre-budget deliberations of the Government.
I am engaging with every Department and there is a universal view across the Government that this is a common endeavour, no area is exempt from full participation in the adjustment that needs to be made and the Government will make policy decisions having full regard to the priority issues identified in the Programme for Government. Decisions arising from the CRE process will be announced by the Government in the context of the December Budget and Estimates.
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