Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Department of Finance
Question 101: To ask the Minister for Finance the total interest that, under current conditions, will need to be repaid in 2011; the projected interest costs for 2011 if money is drawn down under the EU/International Monetary Fund loan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1406/11]
Debt servicing costs are made up of three separate components: (i) debt interest payments, (ii) the sinking fund provision and (iii) debt management expenses. I have been advised by the NTMA that the debt service estimate underpinning the Budget 2011 public finance forecasts amounts to â¬5.6 billion in 2011, with â¬5 billion coming from the Exchequer and â¬0.6 billion from the Capital Services Redemption Account. This estimated cost assumes that funds are drawn down under the joint EU/IMF programme of financial assistance.
The actual cost of servicing the borrowing under the programme will depend on the prevailing market rates at the time of each drawdown.