Thursday, 20 January 2022
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
National Broadband Plan
33. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his role and that of his Department in the implementation of the National Broadband Plan; if he received or contributed to monitoring reports with regard to the project; if not, if he made recommendations or findings with regard to its delivery; if so, the recommendations or findings that have been made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2556/22]
Implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) is solely the responsibility of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC). Neither I, nor my Department receive any monitoring reports with regard to the project, nor do we make recommendations or findings with regard to its delivery.
As part of standard expenditure management processes, my Department monitors DECC’s monthly expenditure trends, including the NBP. As part of this process, my officials are periodically appraised of significant developments with regard to the progress of the rollout. In addition, as with all major capital projects, the National Investment Office within DPER is provided with updates on the NBP for inclusion in the published National Development Plan Capital Tracker.