Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
448. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the 2019 Exchequer allocation by current and capital expenditure for his Department and each body under the remit of his Department; and the corresponding 2018 allocation for each such body and Department in tabular form. [53646/18]
As set out in the Expenditure Report 2019, the 2019 total allocation of current funding for my Department is €1,341 million and the capital allocation for 2019 is €255 million. In addition, €22 million of capital funding to be carried over from 2018 will also be available to my Department in 2019.
Details of the capital and current allocations to the state agencies under the remit of my Department will be set out in the Revised Estimates Volume 2019 which will be published very shortly.
449. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department has sought permission from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to carry over unspent capital to 2019; if so, the amount sought as a carry-over; the reason this was necessary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53647/18]
My Department has sought permission to carry-over €22 million of unspent capital to 2019.
This amount was unspent in 2018 as in some demand-led capital schemes, a lower level of payment claims have been received than had been provided for in the 2018 allocations.
Notwithstanding this total capital expenditure in my Department is expected to reach almost €250 million in 2018, the highest level for many years. When the carry-over funds are added to the voted allocation for 2019 of €255 million, the capital funding available to my Department will be €277 million. This will provide significant support for the development of the sector and building its resilience in the challenging period ahead.