Thursday, 11 July 2019
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Capital Expenditure Programme
412. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of capital projects being undertaken by her Department; the final agreed tender price; the estimated cost of each capital project in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31068/19]
413. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the capital projects completed since 2010; the final agreed tender price for each project; the actual cost of each project; if the actual cost exceeded the tender price; the reason therefor in each case in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31084/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 412 and 413 together.
The Capital funding provided to my Department is mainly in the way of grants to support the multi-annual programmes of our enterprise development and innovation agencies.
The following table sets out the breakdown of the capital allocation across my Department’s subheads from 2011-2019. Due to a change in the Vote structure between 2011 and 2019 some subhead numbers may no longer correspond with those previously published. I have used the current structure for the sake of clarity.
|A.4 - INTERTRADE IRELAND||6,695||5,695||5,695||5,530||5,530||5,760||6,000||6,000||6,000|
|A.5 - IDA IRELAND||142,000||132,000||137,000||112,000||90,000||89,000||79,000||86,000||86,000|
|A.6 - NSAI - G-I-A FOR ADMIN & GEN EXPS||500||500||500||500||500||500||500||500||500|
|A.7 - ENTERPRISE IRELAND||65,750||63,000||63,000||56,000||50,000||49,000||55,000||70,500||72,500|
|A.8 - LOCAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT||27,500||22,500||22,500||18,500||18,500||18,500||15,000||15,000||15,000|
|A.9 - TEMPORARY PARTIAL CREDIT GUARANTEE SCHEME||500||500||500||500||500||1,500||500||10,000|
|A.10 - MATCHING FUNDING FOR INTERREG||3,000||3,000||3,000||2,770||3,000||3,000||3,000||3,000||2,000|
|A.14 - FUTURE GROWTH LOAN SCHEME||6,000|
|A.15 - HUMANITARIAN RELIEF SCHEME||1|
|B.4 - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME||300,250||293,250||289,000||278,100||270,330||258,040||275,200||291,200||295,393|
|Science Foundation Ireland||172,750||166,750||162,500||157,000||154,000||144,540||145,300||156,000||160,800|
|B.5 - PROGRAMME FOR RESEARCH IN THIRD LEVEL INSTITUTIONS||24,300||14,300||14,400||10,377||32,014||16,700||16,700||26,800||27,007|
|B.6 - SUBSCRIPTIONS TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS, ETC.||23,504||20,255||19,405||18,723||18,626|
|European Molecular Biology Conf||202||202||200||195||191|
|European Molecular Biology Laboratory||1,248||1,248||1,223||1,186||1,112|
|EUREKA - Involved in S&T Research||33||33||33||33||33|
|European Space Agency||18,313||17,814||17,779||17,279||17,279|
|ESO (European Southern Observatory)||3,500||750|
|B.9 - DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES INNOVATION FUND||20,000|
|SHANNON FREE AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED||3,600||5,000||3,600|
The enterprise supports are mainly by way of grants to our Enterprise Agencies such as the IDA to enable them to attract Foreign Direct Investment and to EI, the Local Enterprise Offices and Intertrade Ireland to enable them to support local indigenous and cross border businesses to start, scale and export. My Department’s Jobs and Enterprise Development Programme also supports a number of specific initiatives in the area of access to finance for SMEs and other indigenous businesses.
The innovation supports are mainly to research focussed bodies such as SFI, Enterprise Ireland, the Tyndall Institute, and supporting Ireland’s membership of International Research Organisations such as the European Space Agency, the European Southern Observatory and other Research focussed Agencies.
In terms of reviews, the Enterprise Agencies themselves and the Department, through its Enterprise Strategy, Competitiveness and Evaluation Division and the Irish Government's Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES) of the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, undertake regular assessments, ongoing reviews and formal evaluations of the various Capital programmes being supported by the exchequer to ensure that they are;
- in line with Government policy;
- meeting a national strategic need;
- represent best use of resources available to the Agency;
- effective and can be delivered to ensure best value for money for the Exchequer.