Thursday, 8 November 2012
Dáil Éireann Debate
161. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the funding provided by the Office of Public Works towards flood relief in south county Dublin; if he will detail the projects for which moneys have been provided; if he will also detail those projects for which funding requests were rejected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49207/12]
Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): The Office of Public Works currently administers the Minor Flood Mitigation Works Scheme. The Scheme was introduced in 2009 and provides funding to local authorities to undertake small-scale alleviation measures to address flooding problems within their administrative areas. From 2010 to date in 2012, total funding of €887,200 has been approved for five projects located within the administrative boundaries of South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown County Councils. Details of the applications received from these local authorities are set out in the following tables.
162. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the net saving to the Exchequer if all non commercial State agencies or bodies pay was capped at €100,000. [49133/12]
166. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide in detail the model his Department applies in responding to Parliamentary Questions regarding pay related saving to the Exchequer. [49188/12]
167. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Health Service Executive, vocational educational committees, local authorities and non commercial State agencies/bodies are included in his Departments calculation of a gross pay related saving to the Exchequer of €257.5 million if all public service pay were capped at €100,000; and if so, if he will provide the individial savings figure for each. [49189/12]
171. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of public servants in receipt of annual gross salaries of €100,000 or more; and if the figure provided includes local authorities, vocational educational committees, commercial semi State companies, non-commercial State agencies/bodies workers. [49296/12]
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 162, 163, 166, 167 and 171 together.
I refer to my replies to Questions No. 23619/12 of 10 May 2012, 25533/12 of 22 May 2012, 32369/12 of 4 July, 2012, 39603, 39605 and 39606/12 of 19 September 2012, 41225/12 of 27 September 2012, and 45732/12 of 23 October, 2012.
The reply to Question No: 23619/12 of 10 May was an estimate in respect of the Exchequer pay bill 2013. The pay range profile has been updated since my reply to reflect the significant reductions in the numbers of public servants in the 1st quarter of 2012 and the current pay data profile (based on 292,000 whole time equivalent public servants) is referenced in detail in my replies to Question Nos. 39603, 39605 and 39606/12 of 19 September 2012 and 41225/12 of 27 September 2012.
Based on the current numbers and pay range profile available to my Department, the estimated full year gross saving in the Exchequer and Local Government pay bill arising from a cap of €100,000 is €290m. The estimate takes account of the reductions in pay arising from the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No. 2) Act, 2009, but does not take account of any offsetting reductions in taxes and levies. As the combined effect of the estimated marginal tax rate and the pension related reduction at a pay level for a public servant of €100,000 p.a. or higher is at least 62.5%, the estimated net savings would be reduced to less than €110m
Estimates are based on basic salary range (excluding premium pay and allowances) but include employer’s pay related social insurance. The Exchequer pay bill estimates include public servants serving in the Health Service Executive, Vocational Educational Committees and non commercial State agencies/bodies. They do not include staff of commercial State -sponsored bodies or bodies funded by the State outside the public service since the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform is not responsible for setting the rate of pay for employees (other than the Chief Executives of the commercial semi-State bodies) outside the public service.
As the estimates are based on aggregated data across both the Exchequer funded and Local Authority funded pay bills, detailed data in the format sought by the Deputy (broken down by sector, State body, Department or unit) is a matter for the respective Minister responsible for the Department/Bodies concerned.
164. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 148 of 18 October 2012, if he will further provide the function of each of the properties listed in said reply; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49169/12]
Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): The information provided in response to Parliamentary Question 148 of 18 October 2012 has been updated in the following table to show the occupiers of the properties concerned.
165. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of staff at each grade within the civil service at the time of the introduction of the recruitment moratorium; the current number of staff at each grade; the number of positions filled on promotion within each Department and agency since the moratorium; the number of positions filled on redeployment within each Department and agency since the moratorium; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49176/12]
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The Government is committed to creating, a leaner more efficient Public Service.
The data requested relating to the number of staff at each grade within the civil service by the Deputy is set out in the attached table. The data on Public Service staffing numbers which is available on my Department’s website http://databank.per.gov.ie/ demonstrates that significant progress is being made in reducing the numbers employed across all of the Public Service, including the Civil Service. Since their peak of over 39,300 in 2008, Civil Service numbers have fallen by some 3,000 net which is about 8%.
As previously stated, data on the number of positions filled by redeployment in individual organisations is not collated by my Department. However, progress made in implementing the provisions of the Croke Park Agreement, including examples of progress on redeploying public servants within and across sectors of the public service (including over 1,700 in to the Civil Service), is set out in the website of the Implementation Body at http://implementationbody.gov.ie/progress-and-delivery/ .
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