Written answers

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Budget Measures

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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54. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the ministerial gross expenditure ceilings as originally budgeted for, that is, ceiling for 2018 according to the budget 2016 expenditure report for each year since expenditure ceilings were established by gross capital and gross current expenditure; the actual ministerial gross expenditure for each of these years including 2018 by gross capital and gross current expenditure in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20264/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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Set out below are the gross voted current, capital and total expenditure ceilings for the period 2014 to 2018 published in the Expenditure Reports for Budgets 2014 to 2018. Also included in the Table is the actual outturn for each year. These ceilings are agreed by Government and set on a nominal gross expenditure basis and are restated to reflect any technical or policy adjustments.

Over the last number of years for example, adjustments have reflected current expenditure increases for the Health sector and other areas; technical changes to funding arrangements for Irish Water; additional capital investment; and new funds under the National Development Plan.

Following a period of significant expenditure consolidation, the overall fiscal context needs to be considered when reviewing the movements in the expenditure ceilings. While, for example, Budget 2014 set out an expenditure ceiling of €51.9 billion for 2016 and a General Government deficit of 2.4% of GDP, the actual expenditure of €56 billion could be accommodated while delivering a General Government deficit of c. 0.7% of GDP. Budgets 2017 and 2018 reflect adjustments including the allocation of additional funding for capital investment and budgetary decisions to prioritise additional spending supported by discretionary revenue measures.

Table 1: Multi-Annual Gross Voted Current Expenditure Ceilings Budget 2014 - 2018 (€m)

Budget 201449,60648,25048,600--
Budget 2015-50,07750,29650,362-
Budget 2016--51,47752,19752,813
Budget 2017---53,49454,720
Budget 2018----55,593

Table 2: Multi-Annual Gross Voted Capital Expenditure Ceilings Budget 2014 - 2018 (€m)

Budget 20143,3353,2523,255--
Budget 2015-3,5493,6003,748-
Budget 2016--3,7813,9704,230
Budget 2017---4,5355,292
Budget 2018----5,330

Table 3: Multi-Annual Total Gross Voted Expenditure Ceilings Budget 2014 - 2018 (€m)

Budget 201452,94151,50251,855- -
Budget 2015- 53,62653,89654,110-
Budget 2016- - 55,25856,16757,043
Budget 2017- - - 58,02960,012
Budget 2018- - - 060,923


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