Written answers

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Department of Finance

Departmental Agencies

5:00 am

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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Question 121: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will provide a breakdown by organisation of the employment levels for each year in the non-commercial State agencies section and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45112/10]

Photo of Lucinda CreightonLucinda Creighton (Dublin South East, Fine Gael)
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Question 130: To ask the Minister for Finance the reason he has not chosen to rationalise State agencies in the Government's four year plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45319/10]

Photo of Brian Lenihan JnrBrian Lenihan Jnr (Minister, Department of Finance; Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 121 and 130 together.

The following table A provides a breakdown of Non-commercial State Agency (NCSA) staffing for the end of 2008, 2009 and the end of the third quarter this year by Ministerial Vote Group. Table A also sets out the indicative NCSA ceilings by Ministerial Vote Group, consistent with the National Recovery Plan. I am not in a position to provide a breakdown of each Ministerial NCSA staffing ceiling by organisation for future years because that is a matter for each Minister to decide on an ongoing basis in light of their and the Government's policy priorities.

With regard to agency rationalisation, I should point out that the comprehensive programme of rationalisation that I announced in Budget 2009 (October 2008) is still being implemented. To date, implementation has resulted in a net reduction of 22 bodies and has secured estimated full year savings of over €10 million. In addition to the 2009 Budget measures, the Government has taken further rationalisation decisions such as the recent decision to rationalise the number of VECs from 33 down to 16 and the absorption of the National Economic and Social forum by the National Economic Council. The implementation of these further decisions has resulted in a further net reduction of 4 bodies; bringing the total net reduction to 26.

I would also draw the Deputy's attention to Page 69 of the National Recovery Plan where it is stated that the programme of State Agency rationalisation that commenced in 2008 will continue with a particular emphasis on:

· reducing the number and range of agencies;

· redeploying staff to areas of greatest need;

· improving governance and performance arrangements; and

· sharing services

This reduction in allocations in conjunction with revised employment ceilings will, accordingly, involve the continued rationalisation of Agencies.

Table A20082009201020102011201220132014
Qtr4Qtr4Qtr3Qtr4Qtr4Qtr4Qtr4Qtr4
TOTAL NCSA CEILING12,47411,80112,15112,19511,20510,70010,1999,998
TAOISEACH GROUP4646404037353333
Law Reform Commission272319
National Economic and Social Development Office192421
FINANCE GROUP6264626463575552
Special EU Programmes Body6264626463575552
JUSTICE GROUP61510
- Human Rights Commission (2010 Transfer to CEGA)20140
- National Disability Authority (2010 Transfer to CEGA)41370
ENVIRONMENT889859869881821793757741
Affordable Homes Partnership111015
An Bord Pleanála167169162
An Comhairle Leabharlanna0016
Dublin Docklands Authority473427
Environmental Protection Agency358344329
Heritage Council161515
Housing Finance Agency121111
Irish Water Safety Association665
Limerick Northside Regeneration Agency727
Limerick Southside Regeneration Agency949
Local Government Computer Services Board948685
Local Government Management Services Board302827
National Building Agency614947
Private Residential Tenancies Board235569
Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland484747
EDUCATION GROUP5295362,5222,4742,2722,1432,0392,002
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies657978
Foras Áiseanna Saothair001,989
Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC)534237
Grangegorman Development Agency634
Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC)303131
Higher Education Authority595052
Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology655
Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Science755
National Education Welfare Board103102101
National Qualifications Authority of Ireland242525
NCTE0018
Royal Irish Academy678577
Royal Irish Academy of Music706964
The Teaching Council414137
COMMUNITY, EQUALITY & GAELTACHT AFFAIRS537541635672634614586574
Boord o Ulster-Scotch (An Foras Teanga)161921
Family Support Agency0038
Foras na Gaeilge (An Foras Teanga)504953
Human Rights Commission0012
National Disability Authority0035
Údarás na Gaeltachta11310396
Waterways Ireland343355367
Western Development Commission171514
COMMUNICATIONS ENERGY & NAT. RESOURCES7807701,0701,075996944899882
- Eastern Regional Fisheries Board53450
- Northern Regional Fisheries Board43510
- North-Western Regional Fisheries Board50470
- Shannon Regional Fisheries Board53570
- Southern Regional Fisheries Board40390
- South-Western Regional Fisheries Board39400
- Western Regional Fisheries Board61570
Broadcasting Authority of Ireland383433
Commission for Communication Regulation120119121
Commission for Energy Regulation686563
Digital Hub Development Authority151516
Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission535757
Inland Fisheries Ireland8578418
National Oil Reserves Agency555
Ordnance Survey Ireland00296
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland596361
AGRICULTURE2,1151,8641,8401,8881,6271,5691,4971,466
Bord Bia96103104
Bord Iascaigh Mhara143128129
Marine Institute196190195
National Milk Agency670
Sea Fisheries Protection Authority101100100
Teagasc1,5741,3361,312
TRANSPORT560558564586540521498487
Commission for Aviation Regulation191618
Commission for Taxi Regulation373535
Medical Bureau of Road Safety343335
National Roads Authority144137133
National Transport Authority02432
Railway Safety Commission81313
Road Safety Authority319301299
HEALTH GROUP1,0901,1381,1531,1701,0891,044996976
- Children's Act Advisory Board (2010 - Retired)14140
- Crisis Pregnancy Agency (2010 - Retired)15140
- National Council on Ageing and Older People (Retired 2009)800
- Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board (Retired 2009)1600
- Women's Health Council (Retired 2009)500
An Bord Altranais - The Nursing Board 1985494442
Blood Transfusion Service00568
Dental Council 2001545
Food Safety Authority of Ireland908479
Food Safety Promotion Board263132
Health & Social Care Professionals Council 2007145
Health Information and Quality Authority74138149
Health Insurance Authority999
Health Research Board847773
Irish Medicines Board245253252
Medical Council0051

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