2. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to a report from the IMF (details supplied) that makes a range of recommendations regarding PPPs, including that the State begin using a cost benefit analysis of them. (Question 53507/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I should first explain that Public Private Partnerships are already subject to a strong public investment management methodology, which includes appraisal. The Deputy may be referring to a recommendation made as part of the recent IMF PIMA report, to the effect that appraisals should be published on a more systematic basis.
The National Development Finance Agency was established in 2003 under the National Development Finance Ag...

145. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Finance the annual cost profile of each public private partnership project; and the balance between construction and maintenance costs for each project in view of the existing commitments for €9.6 billion for existing public private partnerships are distributed over the remaining years of the contracts, (Question 51882/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Cost)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Department of Finance has no public private partnership projects and is not responsible for Government public private partnership policy.
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152. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to publish the cost-benefit analysis of existing public private partnership projects; and the criteria used to select them as recommended by the International Monetary Fund public investment management assessment for Ireland. (Question 51881/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The recent Public Investment Management Assessment (PIMA) for Ireland carried out by the IMF recommended that the results of cost-benefit analysis on Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, and the criteria used to select them should be published. 
As the Deputy will be aware PPPs are subjected to the same robust and rigorous project appraisal process as traditionally procured infrastructure.  In ensuring Departments obtain...

122. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Finance his views on whether public money should be provided to tax-avoiding builders under PPP schemes. (Question 50238/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): A Public Private Partnership (PPP) is an arrangement between the public and private sectors with clear agreement on shared objectives for the delivery of public infrastructure and/or public services by the private sector that would otherwise have been provided through traditional public sector procurement.
Public private partnerships are fundamentally taxed in the same manner as a normal trading company. 
There are two rates of Corporation Tax (CT):...

628. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the details by project and location of the person or body his Department’s 2017 capital budget of €454 million has been spent on or allocated towards; the details of the person or body the €78.8 million in unitary PPP payments were paid to; the projects on which it was spent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45664/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 628 and 629 together.
The Deputy’s question has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply as the HSE is responsible for the delivery of health care infrastructure projects.
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629. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the details by project and location of the person or body his Department’s capital budget of €493 million will be allocated towards; the details of the person or body the €8.8 million in unitary PPP payments are planned for; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45665/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 628 and 629 together.
The Deputy’s question has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply as the HSE is responsible for the delivery of health care infrastructure projects.
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1360. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the social housing PPP programme; the expected cost of this to the Exchequer in terms of availability payments; if private co-financing partners have been selected for the project; the identity of these partners; when he expects construction on the first and second bundle to commence; the structure of the PPP; if local authorities and AHBs will own or lease the social housing from the investment vehicle; and if leasing, the leasing scheme involved. (Question 47126/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Social Housing PPP Programme involves an investment with a capital value of €300 million.  It is to deliver 1,500 social housing units in total, via three bundles.  The first bundle, which comprises six PPP sites, is to provide over 500 units in the Greater Dublin Area.  Two of the sites are located in the Dublin City Council area with one each in the County Council areas of South Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Louth. ...

28. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the housing PPPs; the timeframe for their delivery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45104/17 asked on 26 Oct 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Social Housing PPP Programme involves an investment with a capital value of €300 million.  It is to deliver 1,500 social housing units in total, via three bundles.  The first bundle, which comprises six PPP sites, is to provide over 500 units in the Greater Dublin Area.  Two of the sites are located in the Dublin City Council area with one each in the County Council areas of South Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Louth.
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86. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the planned review of the 10% rule that applies to public private partnerships; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31973/17 asked on 06 Jul 2017 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): PPPs offer an alternative model for delivering infrastructure, that can facilitate the delivery of additional capital projects and that can be effective in particular circumstances. However, the long-term nature of the financial commitments arising under PPPs require that the use of such arrangements must be carefully planned in order to ensure that they are used to address infrastructural needs that are not likely to change o...

376. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to parliamentary Question No. 215 of 6 April 2017, the reason his Department does not publish details of the projected annual cost of individual PPP projects over their lifetime. (Question 27366/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department’s primary role in relation to PPPs is to facilitate the PPP process centrally by developing the general policy framework (including, where necessary, the legal framework) and the capital investment policy framework within which PPPs operate and by providing central guidance to Departments and other State Authorities in that context. 
Financial responsibility for individual PPP and concession projects rests with th...

398. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a review is planned on the role of PPP’s and the rules surrounding them; when such a review will take place and be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28420/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Deputy will be aware that a mid-term review of the Capital Plan is currently underway, the findings of which will ultimately help Government to put in place a new long term Capital Plan which is consistent with the new National Planning Framework to be published later this year. 
In that context, Government needs to formulate a strategic view on the extent to which PPPs should be used to assist in delivering additional inf...

8. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to review the current 10% limit on public private partnerships; his views on whether the 10% rule and the controls and systems in place are sufficient to ensure that public private partnerships are used for the appropriate projects; his further views on expanding the PPP programme for appropriate projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23532/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Public Private Partnerships)

Deputy Dara Calleary: This is probably a continuation of the discussion the Minister had with Deputy Burton. More importantly, it focuses on the 10% rule in public private partnerships. The Minister’s colleagues, the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Deputy Simon Coveney, and the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Leo Varadkar, have been promising infrastructure projects like snuff at a wake around the country in the last two weeks. Have they spoken to the Mi...

14. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost to the Exchequer of all planned PPP projects for the coming period; if his attention has been drawn to research that suggests such projects ultimately cost the State more than alternative funding models; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18712/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Public Private Partnerships)

Deputy Bríd Smith: I want to ask the Minister about public private partnerships, PPPs. Specifically, what is the cost to the Exchequer of all planned PPPs for the coming period? Has he given any thought, or paid any attention, to the plethora of research that has been carried out into whether it ultimately costs the State more to fund projects in this way than through other models? Will he, please, make a statement on the matter?
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99. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of the €200 million funding for third level sector PPP projects that has been spent; the number of projects which have been initiated and completed respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18751/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In late 2016, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) commenced a consultation process to update and consolidate the information available in relation to priority capital projects in higher education institutions (HEIs). The process also provided HEIs with the opportunity to identify those projects which they wished to put forward for consideration as part of the forthcoming higher education PPP programme, for which €200 million funding is ...

134. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of houses built under PPP in the capital plan; the amount spent and to be spent; the progress made to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18785/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Social Housing PPP programme provides for an investment with a capital value of €300 million and is expected to deliver 1,500 social housing units in total, via three bundles.  Costs incurred by my Department to date on the programme amount to some €564,000.
Each PPP site is being developed in co-operation with the local authorities concerned.  The first bundle comprises six sites in the greater Dublin are...

201. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the rationale for imposing the rule that the total cost of public private partnerships, PPPs, including up front direct Exchequer costs, must be limited to 10% of the total annual Exchequer capital spending; if he has reviewed this rule and if he will consider revising the rule; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17354/17 asked on 06 Apr 2017 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): PPPs offer an alternative model for delivering infrastructure that can be effective in particular circumstances. However, the long-term nature of the financial commitments arising under PPPs require that the use of such arrangements must be carefully planned in order to ensure that they are used to address infrastructural needs in a manner that is sustainable in the long term and which the public finances can afford.
It was fo...

215. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the PPPs, public private partnerships, currently in existence, the PPPs committed to and the annual cost to the Exchequer for each year to the end of the PPP projects, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17355/17 asked on 06 Apr 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): A list of PPP and Concession projects which are now either operational or in construction, by sector, is set out in the following table:
 Department/Agency Project Classification Operational From Health     Primary Care Bundle DBFM 2017 OPW     National Conference Centre DBFOM Aug-10 Justice     Criminal Courts Complex DBFOM Nov-09 Courts Bundle DBFOM 2017 Education     National Maritime College DBFM...

338. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cash flow per year spent to date from the Exchequer under the capital plan on the N17/18 Gort Tuam PPP; the completion date of the project; the annual cash flow from the Exchequer to the end of the PPP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17384/17 asked on 06 Apr 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 338 to 340, inclusive, together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual national road schemes, including Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, is a matter for the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conju...

339. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cash flow per year spent to date from the exchequer under the capital plan on the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP; the completion date of the project; the annual cash flow from the exchequer to the end of the PPP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17385/17 asked on 06 Apr 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 338 to 340, inclusive, together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual national road schemes, including Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, is a matter for the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conju...

340. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cash flow per year spent to date from the Exchequer under the capital plan on the N25 New Ross Bypass PPP; the completion date of the project; the annual cash flow from the Exchequer to the end of the PPP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17386/17 asked on 06 Apr 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 338 to 340, inclusive, together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual national road schemes, including Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, is a matter for the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conju...

117. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the contractual capital value of PPPs entered into to date; the expenditure pre-2016 on these projects: the unitary payments made in 2016; and the outstanding commitments at end 2016. (Question 15642/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I should first explain that financial responsibility for individual PPP projects rests with the relevant Sponsoring Agency. My Department’s role in relation to PPPs is to facilitate the PPP process centrally by developing the general policy framework (including, where necessary, the legal framework) within which PPPs operate and by providing central guidance to Departments and other State Authorities in that context. 
My Depar...

192. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cost incurred from the Vote of his Department to meet payments to PPP companies in respect of performance clauses contained in PPPs, with particular reference to the Limerick tunnel and the M4 toll schemes. (Question 15643/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects (including PPP schemes) is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the relevant local authority.
More specifically, the statutory power to levy tolls on national r...

333. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount paid in 2015 and 2016 in respect of public private partnership, PPP, operational payments as compensation to PPP companies in view of the fact that toll income was less than anticipated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10826/17 asked on 02 Mar 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Cost)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly known as the NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the relevant local authority.
More specifically, the statutory power to levy tolls on national roa...

334. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount paid to tolling companies in respect of shadow tolls per year for the past five years, broken down by company and toll locations, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10832/17 asked on 02 Mar 2017 - Public Private Partnerships Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (formerly known as the NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the relevant local authority.
More specifically, the statutory power to levy tolls on national roa...

241. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if public private partnership, PPP, unitary payments for potential infrastructure projects, in addition to those funded under the CIP 2016-2021, that are undertaken under the European Fund for Strategic Investments, may not be counted towards the deficit reference values when defining the fiscal adjustment under either the preventive or the corrective arm of the fiscal pact and that in the case of such a PPP unitary payment causing the Exchequer to run an excess over the deficit reference value, the Commission will not launch an excessive deficit procedure, EDP, if this excess is only due to a contribution made to a project co-financed under the EFSI, according to a European Commission communication (details supplied). (Question 10322/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The Deputy refers to unitary payments towards PPPS undertaken under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and to contributions to a project co-financed by EFSI. These are not the same thing.
Public Private Partnership (PPP) unitary payments for infrastructure projects, including those co-financed under EFSI constitutes general government expenditure and are relevant for the calculation of the general government balance and the assessment...