39. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on the European Commission’s post-programme surveillance report for autumn 2017 on public expenditure policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12895/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The European Commission’s post-programme surveillance report addresses a number of issues in the area of public expenditure policy. 
In the area of capital spending the report notes that public investment continues to recover while addressing key infrastructure bottlenecks, with the additional capital allocated following the mid-term review of the Capital Investment Plan bringing capital expenditure to 2.3% of GDP in 2021, from...

18. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to initiate a cost benefit analysis review of information technology expenditure across all Government Departments and State agencies under their aegis; the most recent figure for the combined annual spend on information technology by Government Departments and State agencies; if all information technology contractors follow a specific framework with regard to recording of hours, renewal of contracts and skilled resources; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2217/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Given the differing purposes and functions of public bodies, each will have its own particular perspective on what constitutes cost-benefit.  In addition, since each Department and agency is a specific legal entity, with its own governance structure and responsibilities, it is therefore the responsibility of that department or agency to undertake a cost benefit analysis in regard to information technology (ICT) expenditure.  It...

27. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the rolling selective spending review process which will take place in his Department in each of the years 2017 to 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2337/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As part of my Estimates speech on Budget day in 2016, I announced that a spending review would take place on a three-year rolling basis. 
The first cycle of the Spending Review in 2017, which culminated in the publication of over 20 analytical papers on spending review topics, was successfully completed in October last year following the publication of Budget 2018. The analytical papers are all available on my Department’s web...

15. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the rolling selective spending review process which will take place in his Department between 2017 and 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53247/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As part of my Estimates speech on Budget day last year I announced that a spending review would take place on a three-year rolling basis. 
The first cycle of the Spending Review in 2017, which culminated in the publication of over 20 analytical papers on Spending Review topics, was successfully completed in October following the publication of Budget 2018. This was the first cycle of a series of selective reviews of the curren...

34. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans arising from a report (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53433/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Responsibility for policy decisions in this area are the responsibility of the Minister for Health. 
The Deputy is referring to a paper, titled ‘Disability and Special Education Related Expenditure’, which was prepared by the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service in the context of the Spending Review 2017 and was published in October. This was a cross-vote analysis of disability related expenditure across the Healt...

22. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his Department’s priorities for the next spending review in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47230/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The spending review conducted this year was the first in a series of rolling, selective reviews, which it is intended will cover the totality of Government spending over a three year period from 2017 to 2019. This approach allows for systematic examination of existing spending programmes to assess their effectiveness in meeting policy objectives and also to identify scope for re-allocating funding to meet expenditure prioritie...

228. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Finance the expenditure savings that are earmarked for his Department for 2018 that are not accounted for in the mid-year expenditure report or not included in the fiscal space calculations for 2018. (Question 38902/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Mid-Year Expenditure Report sets out the pre-Budget expenditure ceiling for my Ministerial Vote Group of €439 million for current expenditure and €25 million for capital expenditure. This represents the spending baseline for examination of my Department’s budgetary priorities for 2018.
As outlined in the Mid-Year Expenditure Report, the increases planned in expenditure for the delivery of public services are set at sustainable levels in order t...

173. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his capital spend review will include consideration of additional funding for investment in marine harbours and ports owned and managed by local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22394/17 asked on 10 May 2017 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Submissions in relation to the ongoing review of the Capital Plan and the additional funding available for allocation were sought from Departments in January and are currently being reviewed by my Department.  The Deputy will appreciate that it is a matter for each Department, in the first instance, to identify its sectoral priorities in its submission for additional funding under the review. In light of the constraints on the...

244. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the details of the implementation of the comprehensive spending review as announced in budget 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18496/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Work on the 2017 Spending Review began earlier this year, in January. The approach taken to this review differs from the Comprehensive Spending Reviews undertaken in 2011 and 2014 in that it does not cover total Government expenditure in a single year. The 2011 and 2014 reviews were conducted at a time when Ireland was about to enter, or already in an Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) under the corrective arm of the Stability...

813. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the actions of her Department with regard to the comprehensive spending review announced in October 2016, including engagement with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; her plans to review specific budget lines as part of this review and if so which; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18089/17 asked on 11 Apr 2017 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has initiated a spending review of expenditure by Government Departments. The focus of the review is the development of an evidence base to inform the prioritisation of current and capital expenditure and it is being undertaken on a targeted basis operating in parallel to the estimates process for 2018. Officials of my Department have been engaging with their counterparts in the ...

19. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the expenditure reviews current and capital his Department is undertaking on Government spending in the lead up to budget 2018; the areas that will be reviewed; if these reviews will be brought to the budgetary oversight committee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10493/17 asked on 02 Mar 2017 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Work on the Spending Review announced in my speech accompanying the publication of the Estimates last October is now underway. This review will systematically examine existing spending programmes to assess their effectiveness in meeting policy objectives and also to identify scope for re-allocating funding to meet expenditure priorities.  The review differs from the ‘comprehensive’ reviews of expenditures carried out in previo...

3. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his Department’s plan to undertake an expenditure review in 2017; the timelines involved; if the review will include a comprehensive review of departmental expenditure ceilings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3598/17 asked on 26 Jan 2017 - Expenditure Reviews)

Deputy Dara Calleary: The Minister announced on budget day that there would be an expenditure review in 2017. We are three months on from budget day and I want the Minister to outline the detail of that review, the timescale involved and what impact it will have on preparations for budget 2018.
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9. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the forthcoming comprehensive spending review; if that review includes the costing of current and possible future tax expenditures; if all current spending programmes are reviewed, including the input of special studies carried out by officials of the major spending Departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3279/17 asked on 26 Jan 2017 - Expenditure Reviews)

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: We had a discussion earlier on the comprehensive spending review, which is, perhaps, the third such review in our recent economic history. The Minister referred earlier to rolling selective reviews. What exactly do such reviews involve? A report from the Department of Social Protection on the free travel scheme that because public recently upset many of our constituents deeply. Is that the type of thing that will be happening under these rolling reviews?
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279. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if as part of the 2017 spending review, a comprehensive review of expenditure ceilings will take place that will include the process of assigning expenditure ceilings and applying penalties for breaking the ceilings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40718/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In my speech accompanying the publication of the Estimates for 2017, I announced that a spending review will be undertaken prior to Budget 2018. As the Deputy will be aware, as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform I have consistently reiterated the need to consider the totality of government spending when examining expenditure priorities. Spending reviews previously played an important role in our successful efforts to re...

14. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the process and proposed timing for the spending review as announced by him in his budget speech; the proposed involvement of the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Oversight; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30934/16 asked on 19 Oct 2016 - Expenditure Reviews)

Deputy Dara Calleary: The Minister announced on the day of the budget that he was going to conduct a spending review in 2017. I want to tease that out with him. What will it involve? Is it a spending review or an efficiency review? What level of consultation will there be within the House, with organisations outside the House and with his colleagues in Cabinet?
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21. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the specific actions he is taking on foot of the recently published Comptroller and Auditor General report, to ensure expenditure occurs in the best interests of the general public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40602/15 asked on 19 Nov 2015 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): My Department has introduced a number of significant reforms to ensure that taxpayer money is allocated to the maximum benefit of society.  Public service reform remains at the heart of this Government’s agenda to ensure efficiency and improved outcomes for citizens. 
In this regard, the wide-ranging reforms to the budgetary architecture introduced by this Government support the efficient use of public funds to deliver effective...

2. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the process by which the most recent comprehensive review of expenditure was conducted and by which agreement was achieved on the multi-annual expenditure ceilings for 2015-17, including the number and nature of his contacts with ministerial colleagues, in particular with the Ministers for Health and Social Protection. (Question 5860/15 asked on 11 Feb 2015 - Expenditure Reviews)

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: My question pertains to the comprehensive review of expenditure. We addressed some of the issues arising from the review in committee. The review document sets out a three-year expenditure path. The Minister has described it as a robust and evidence-based framework which will enhance the transparency and structure of the overall budgetary process. While such a framework is welcome, my question seeks to get under the skin of the review process by asking the Minister ...

205. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the comprehensive review of expenditure will be published. (Question 35896/14 asked on 23 Sep 2014 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The outcome of the comprehensive review of expenditure will be presented in the Comprehensive Expenditure Report 2015-2017, which will be published on 14th October 2014.
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23. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the stage at which the review of expenditure by his Department of all Departments is at; the level of scrutiny this review will involve for Government expenditure; and if publication of the review will take place before budget 2015. (Question 29517/14 asked on 09 Jul 2014 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I announced at the time of the 2014 Budget, last October, that a Comprehensive Review of Expenditure would be carried out during this year to help inform the multi-annual expenditure ceilings for the three years 2015 to 2017.  This review process is now under way, and the outcome will help inform the decisions that Government will take when framing the 2015 Budget.
In 2011, the Government introduced a new medium term budgetary f...

67. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is satisfied regarding the extent to which the various departmental targets in respect of curtailment of public expenditure have been achieved to date with particular reference to the ongoing need in 2015 and 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17195/14 asked on 10 Apr 2014 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 to 70, inclusive, 72, 75 and 76 together.
Ensuring the sustainability of the public finances is a prerequisite for economic stability and growth and therefore remains a central feature of Government policy. This Government has pursued a determined deficit reduction strategy in order to reduce the General Government Deficit below 3% of GDP by the target date of end-2015.  This is a challenging ...

68. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the degree to which he and his Department continue to remain in contact with all other Government Departments with a view to ensuring that expenditure remains in line with projections in the post-bailout context; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17196/14 asked on 10 Apr 2014 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 to 70, inclusive, 72, 75 and 76 together.
Ensuring the sustainability of the public finances is a prerequisite for economic stability and growth and therefore remains a central feature of Government policy. This Government has pursued a determined deficit reduction strategy in order to reduce the General Government Deficit below 3% of GDP by the target date of end-2015.  This is a challenging ...

69. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he remains satisfied regarding the extent to which all Government Departments and their subsidiary bodies continue to maintain budgetary strategy in line with expenditure and reform guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17197/14 asked on 10 Apr 2014 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 to 70, inclusive, 72, 75 and 76 together.
Ensuring the sustainability of the public finances is a prerequisite for economic stability and growth and therefore remains a central feature of Government policy. This Government has pursued a determined deficit reduction strategy in order to reduce the General Government Deficit below 3% of GDP by the target date of end-2015.  This is a challenging ...

70. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if targets in respect of expenditure cuts will remain unaltered in 2015 notwithstanding expected improved economic growth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17198/14 asked on 10 Apr 2014 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 to 70, inclusive, 72, 75 and 76 together.
Ensuring the sustainability of the public finances is a prerequisite for economic stability and growth and therefore remains a central feature of Government policy. This Government has pursued a determined deficit reduction strategy in order to reduce the General Government Deficit below 3% of GDP by the target date of end-2015.  This is a challenging ...

72. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will set out his priorities in respect of both expenditure cuts and reform in the context of the compilation of budget 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17200/14 asked on 10 Apr 2014 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 to 70, inclusive, 72, 75 and 76 together.
Ensuring the sustainability of the public finances is a prerequisite for economic stability and growth and therefore remains a central feature of Government policy. This Government has pursued a determined deficit reduction strategy in order to reduce the General Government Deficit below 3% of GDP by the target date of end-2015.  This is a challenging ...

75. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the degree to which public expenditure targets identified in conjunction with the troika remain on course notwithstanding the exit from the bailout; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17203/14 asked on 10 Apr 2014 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 to 70, inclusive, 72, 75 and 76 together.
Ensuring the sustainability of the public finances is a prerequisite for economic stability and growth and therefore remains a central feature of Government policy. This Government has pursued a determined deficit reduction strategy in order to reduce the General Government Deficit below 3% of GDP by the target date of end-2015.  This is a challenging ...