Written answers

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Departmental Expenditure

10:00 am

Photo of John McGuinnessJohn McGuinness (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 526: To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the elements of the report of the special group on public service numbers and expenditure programmes that have been implemented to date by his Department; his plans to implement any aspects of the plan in the future; if the overall plan has been assessed by his Department; and if so, his views on the benefits of the plans. [28109/10]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Minister, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Dublin South, Green Party)
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The table shows the current status of proposals in the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes relating to my Department and to bodies and agencies under its remit. As the Deputy is aware the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes outlined a wide range of proposals across all Departments, a number of which, if agreed to proceed, can only be achieved through restructuring over a number of years. The consideration of the proposals for my Department and the Agencies under its aegis is ongoing and as the table shows, progress has been made in relation to certain proposals. In addition, my Department has committed to current expenditure savings amounting to €13 million over the 2009 Estimate in 2010.

Gross current expenditure in 2010 for my Department will be 3% below the 2009 outturn and expenditure on the Department's pay bill will be some 9% below the 2009 outturn. The details of the programme changes that are being made by my Department in order to achieve these savings for 2010 are as set out on pages E. 64 and E. 65 of the 2010 Estimates for Public Services and Summary Public Capital Programme.

Savings outlined in the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes
Merge DHDA with EI/IDAReview of DHDA currently underway
Merge ComReg with BAINot implemented
Transfer IFCO into BAITarget date of end of year for implementation
Partially fund TG4 from TV LicenceNot included in Budget 2010 but direct Exchequer subvention to TG4 reduced by €2.083 million
Terminate DCENR/SEI energy awareness programmesSeparate budget for Energy Efficiency Awareness eliminated in Budget 2010 (€0.894 million saving)
Rationalise multiplicity of energy efficiency schemes run by SEIBeing rationalised in the context of the multi-annual National Retrofit Programme announced in Budget 2010
Transfer energy research funding to new single funding stream for all researchEnergy research function retained
Review operations of Bord na Móna to achieve optimal valueWill be done on an ongoing basis – any potential savings arising would not accrue to the Exchequer
Merge OSi and the Valuation Office with the PRANot implemented
Secure efficiencies/increased revenue worth 20% of GSI's operating costsValue for Money Review of GSI underway to secure efficiencies/increased revenue
Secure additional savings from the merger of the regional fisheries boardsMerger will take place in 2010 and direct Exchequer funding for Inland Fisheries reduced by €3.145 million
Transfer responsibility for Inland Fisheries from DCENR to DEHLGNot implemented
Reduce DCENR authorised number of civil servants by 30 postsDCENR has achieved target
Reduce DCENR agency staff by 76Under ongoing consideration; new functions in some Agencies will impact on target

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