May 30, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the percentage of overall Government spend dedicated to his Department; and the percentage for each of the past ten years.
Reply from Minister Ruairí Quinn: The information requested by the Deputy is provided in the attached table which has been extracted from the Databank maintained by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Databank can be accessed at http://databank.per.gov.ie/. The figures reflected in the databank detail all current and capital spending by Government Departments and agencies, along with expenditure from the Social Insurance Fund and the National Training Fund.
It should be noted that comparison of education expenditures for the years in question should take account of changes in the make-up of the Education and Skills Vote, which include, inter alia:
(a) The transfer into my Vote in 2010 of certain functions in relation to Skills Development (€144 million in 2010 and €164 million in 2011), as well as the transfer in of expenditure under the non-Voted National Training Fund;
(b) The transfer of responsibility for Nursing Education into my Vote (€56 million in 2010 and 2011);
(c) The transfer of responsibility for the School Completion Programme and the National Education Welfare Board out of my Vote in 2011.
Dáil Éireann allocates a certain amount of time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during which Deputies may ask questions of Members of the Government relating to Public Affairs connected with their Departments, or on matters of administration for whch they are officially responsible. The Taoiseach answers questions on his own Department on Tuesdays/Wednesdays.