5. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the carbon price that applies to the cost benefit analysis assessments for capital projects; and the reforms he is considering in regard to this price and mechanism. (Question 47497/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Spending Code)

Deputy Eamon Ryan: At the meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly at the weekend there was a real sense of dismay at the lack of political leadership in tackling climate change in this country. Among the various criticisms which Professor John FitzGerald, the head of the Climate Change Advisory Council, made was that the Minister’s Department does not have an appropriate mechanism for measuring, valuing and pricing carbon in respect of investment decisions. What price are we using? What reforms doe...

285. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he has taken to ensure that grant-aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if his attention has been drawn to concerns about organisations funded by his Department; if so, the action he has taken; if his Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46099/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Public Spending Code)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy will be aware, all Government Departments and public bodies in receipt of public funding must comply, as appropriate, with the relevant requirements of the Public Spending Code. The Public Spending Code sets out the value for money rules and guidance for spending in all public bodies at all stages in the expenditure lifecycle – before, during and after spending. The Public Spending Code applies to both capital a...

47. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has revised the method of cost benefit analysis currently in use for transport and infrastructure projects; and if he has satisfied himself with the current method for assessing such projects. (Question 40454/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Spending Code)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Spending Code is the set of rules and procedures that apply to ensure that value for money standards are maintained across the public service. The Code draws together the long-established elements of value for money arrangements that have been in place and validated over many years. 
The objective of the Code is to seek to ensure that the State achieves value for money in all areas of public spending. Consequent...

57. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the type of cost benefit analysis which will be applied to the additional tax expenditures or new public spending which are being proposed to support business here in the context of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40417/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Public Spending Code)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Discussions and negotiations around Budget 2018 are ongoing and there are guidelines in place for evaluation of all proposals.
Guidelines for the appraisal of spending projects and programmes are set out in the Public Spending Code (PSC). The PSC sets out the rules and procedures that maintain Value for Money standards across the public service. The PSC highlights the appraisal requirements for projects and programmes and pro...