Written answers

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Departmental Bodies

9:00 pm

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Question 194: To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the action he has taken to date to fulfil the commitment in the programme for Government to make substantial cuts to the number of State bodies and companies; the number of such bodies and companies under his remit; the number that have been reformed, merged or abolished since March of this year; the plan in place within his Department to fully deliver on this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32856/11]

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Minister, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Wexford, Labour)
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The question of rationalisation and the reduction in the number of State bodies is being considered in the context of the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure and the overall budgetary and estimates process for 2012, and decisions on such matters will be made by the Government over the coming weeks.

The priorities set out in the Programme for Government for the rationalisation of State Agencies states that rationalisation must be cost effective and lead to a more transparent, accountable and efficient public service. The overriding imperative is the absolute requirement to achieve major savings in all areas of expenditure and to reduce staff numbers and administrative overheads. This underscores the need for radical streamlining of bodies, abolishing those bodies whose remit is no longer essential and amalgamation of other agencies or sharing of services between bodies, so that public services and functions can be delivered more cost-effectively.

Bodies which come under the aegis of my Department are An Post National Lottery, Outside Appointments Board, Decentralisation Implementation Group and Valuation Tribunal.

In the period in question no bodies under the aegis of my Department have been reformed, merged or abolished.

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