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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (17 Jun 2021)

John Lahart: From this vantage point, how does the Minister envisage this playing out until the end of the year? Will Departments meet their spending targets? If not, how will those moneys be used? Will they be transferred to other capital projects, for example? To date this year, the underspend in the Minister's Department is 11%. Can he paint a picture of how he thinks the figures will look at the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (17 Jun 2021)

Michael McGrath: It is important to bear in mind that we are working from information based on five months of the year. When it comes to managing expenditure, Departments will have expenditure pressures at different points in the year. The spending is not always evenly spread throughout the year. At this point in time, our expectation is that most Departments will be in a position to spend their full...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (17 Jun 2021)

Question No. 109 replied to with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (17 Jun 2021)

Public Expenditure Policy

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (17 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 110. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has studied the ESRI study which suggests that Exchequer investment could be increased by 50% provided borrowing is confined strictly to capital purposes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31586/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (17 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: The Minister may have already answered questions on the ESRI report. Based on an assessment of growth rates and interest rates, the study found that capital investment by the Exchequer could increase by 50% or €47 billion. I would like to hear the Minister's reaction to the report and whether it means the NDP can be a great deal more ambitious than the €120 billion currently...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (17 Jun 2021)

Michael McGrath: The total level of Exchequer investment is currently under consideration as part of the ongoing review of the NDP, as the Deputy is aware. The overall level of capital expenditure in 2021 stands at €10.1 billion, or almost €11 billion when capital carry-over is included. This represents a share of 4.7% of GNI*, well above the EU average in recent years of around 3% of GDP....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Capital Expenditure Programme (17 Jun 2021)

Michael McGrath: The Deputy makes a number of valid points. For the record of the House, the actual overall underspend last year was more than €900 million. There is a restriction on the amount that can be carried forward, which is 10% of the capital allocation within the relevant Vote. This meant the amount carried forward into 2021 was more than €700 million. The Deputy is correct that...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Civil Service (17 Jun 2021)

Civil Service

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Civil Service (17 Jun 2021)

Neale Richmond: 107. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the Civil Service Renewal 2030 strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31971/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Civil Service (17 Jun 2021)

Catherine Connolly: This question is being taken by Deputy Bruton. I apologise to the Deputy that I did not bring him in on the previous question. I will give him a little leniency to make up for that.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Civil Service (17 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: May I raise a point on the last question?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Civil Service (17 Jun 2021)

Catherine Connolly: The Deputy should introduce this question first and I will give him some leniency in the time allocated for the discussion on the question.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Civil Service (17 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: This question relates to the Civil Service renewal plan for 2030, which seeks to provide evidence-informed policymaking, harness innovation and build an organisation for the future. What are the concrete targets the Minister is setting for delivery under this strategy?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Civil Service (17 Jun 2021)

Michael McGrath: I thank Deputy Bruton for his question. An Taoiseach and I launched Civil Service Renewal 2030, a new ten-year strategy for the Civil Service, on 21 May last. In addition to publishing the strategy, the launch provided an opportunity to highlight a number of projects undertaken across the Civil Service that show the important work carried out by civil servants up and down the country,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Civil Service (17 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: I welcome the plan. However, does the Minister share my concern that, at this stage, there is only one concrete target set out in the plan, which is that there be 90% availability online of services? Does he agree that some higher ambitions need to be set out, particularly in the context of innovation? Should there be a concrete figure for the amount of money that will go to innovative...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Civil Service (17 Jun 2021)

Michael McGrath: This is an area on which we must continue to focus. When it comes to innovation, we have an annual award scheme for innovative projects across the Civil Service. I intend to continue to develop that scheme because it is important that we reward excellence and encourage and support innovation in all its forms. It is a very important scheme, which recognises achievement in the area of...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Civil Service (17 Jun 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Deputy Bruton has a minute remaining. If he would like to raise the issue that I inadvertently prevented him from raising earlier, this is his opportunity to do so.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Civil Service (17 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: Very briefly, will the Minister consider lifting the 10% carry-over restriction in respect of capital spending? When a body like Irish Water is already nearly 40% behind in its capital spending, there is a possibility that very important infrastructural projects could be held up in our regions. In respect of Civil Service renewal, is the Minister aware that Enterprise Ireland invests...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Civil Service (17 Jun 2021)

Michael McGrath: First, in regard to the capital carry-over restriction, any change in that provision would certainly require a change in legislation and may require a constitutional change. From discussion with my officials on this issue in recent months, it is not a straightforward matter. It is something I will examine further. It has implications, of course, for overall expenditure control and...

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