Written answers

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Department of An Taoiseach

State Bodies

8:00 pm

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin North Central, Fine Gael)
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Question 108: To ask the Taoiseach the number of State agencies identified for abolition or merger in his Department; the number of agencies which have been merged or abolished to date in his Department; the total net savings which have been made in respect of each State agency arising from their merger or abolition in his Department; the likely date for merger or abolition and the reason for the delay in respect of each State agency which has not already been merged with another State agency or abolished in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3340/11]

Photo of Brian CowenBrian Cowen (Taoiseach; Acting Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs; Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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The number of bodies within my Department's remit has been reduced from five to one, resulting in a reduction in budget allocations of €3.45m or 60%.

The total Separate programme funding for the work of the Ireland Newfoundland Partnership and the Active Citizenship Office ceased in 2009. The separate Offices in these areas have been discontinued which has given rise to savings in my Department's Estimates of approximately €356,000 per annum. The National Forum on Europe was closed in 2009 which also gave rise to savings in the Estimates of €360,000.

The National Economic and Social Forum (NESF) and the National Centre for Partnership and Performance (NCPP) were dissolved on 1 April, 2010. This has led to savings on both pay and non-pay expenditure. As a result of this the 2010 allocation for the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO), which includes the National Economic and Social Council, of €3.332m was a reduction of €1.727m over the 2009 allocation. The 2010 drawdown for NESDO, was €2.535m, representing a saving of €0.797m on the 2010 allocation. The savings arose mainly as a result of reduced accommodation and rent, which was made possible by the dissolution of the NESF and the NCPP, along with reduced pay and administrative costs. The 2011 provision for NESDO is €2.325m, a reduction of just over €1m on 2010.

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal South West, Sinn Fein)
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Question 109: To ask the Taoiseach the number of semi-State bodies that fall under his auspices; the annual turnover of each body and the losses incurred over the past five years [3411/11]

Photo of Brian CowenBrian Cowen (Taoiseach; Acting Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs; Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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The National Economic and Social Development Office is the only agency under the aegis of my Department. As it is a non-commercial semi-state body the questions as to turnover and losses do not arise.

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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Question 110: To ask the Taoiseach if agencies, boards, quangos or other bodies within the remit of his Department have carried out advertising campaigns during the course of 2010 to promote policies or programmes being implemented by those agencies or by his Department; the details of the campaign or relevant programme; the cost of advertising in publications, broadcast advertising, online advertising, outdoor advertising and other forms of advertising and consultancy or production costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3434/11]

Photo of Brian CowenBrian Cowen (Taoiseach; Acting Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs; Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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No advertising campaigns were carried out in 2010 by the National Economic and Social Development Office, which is the only agency under the aegis of my Department.

However, for the information of the Deputy the Central Statistics Office, which is independent from my Department, incurred expenditure in 2010 on advertising campaigns as set out in the table.

ProgrammePurposeCost
Census of PopulationCensus 2011 field force recruitment and initial phases of public awareness campaignâ'¬98,831
Household SurveysPublic Awareness Campaigns for Household Surveysâ'¬89,682
Census of Agriculture 2010Public Awareness Campaign for June 2010 Census of Agricultureâ'¬4,488
General advertising of CSO publications and servicesAdvertising of CSO publications and servicesâ'¬15,470

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