Written answers

Tuesday, 17 February 2004

Department of Finance

Decentralisation Programme

10:00 pm

Photo of Pat RabbittePat Rabbitte (Dublin South West, Labour)
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Question 158: To ask the Minister for Finance the reason the Department of the Taoiseach was excluded from the decentralisation proposals announced by him in his budget speech; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30745/03]

Charlie McCreevy (Minister, Department of Finance; Kildare North, Fianna Fail)
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The main criteria used to select Departments and agencies for decentralisation are set out at page B25 of the budget for 2004. It was decided not to transfer any staff from the Department of the Taoiseach out of Dublin having regard to the core business, relative size and nature of the Department's work, the number of staff serving in the Department and the need to ensure that any units being transferred would be sufficiently large to constitute viable work units.

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