Dáil Éireann - Volume 333 - 24 March, 1982

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - EEC Moneys Outstanding.

12. Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Finance the amount of moneys outstanding from the EEC and the Departments involved.

Mr. MacSharry: The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the attached tables, which I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to have circulated with the Official Report.

[355] [356] Ireland's commitments and receipts from Community funds

The tables below list Irish commitments and receipts in respect of the various expenditure sectors of the Community budget. Commitments are made at the commencement of multi-annual projects, and payments in respect of expenditure incurred are phased over the life of these projects. It is accordingly inherent in this system of financing that a certain amount of commitments will be outstanding at any particular time.

Fund

Year

Commitments

Receipts

Difference between commitments and receipts totals

(IR£m)

(IR£m)

(IR£m)

REGIONAL FUND

(established 1975)

(Department of Finance)

1975

7.07

1.76

1976

14.11

8.54

1977

11.73

8.50

1978

23.49

11.10

1979

39.20

25.55

1980

52.65

46.38

1981

65.51 (QS)(1)

53.93 (QS)

2.20 (NQS)(2)

0.66 (NQS)

TOTAL

213.76(QS)

155.76(QS)

58.00(QS)

2.20 (NQS)

0.66 (NQS)

1.54 (NQS)

(1)Quota Section

(2)Non-Quota Section

Fund

Year

Commitments (IR£m)

Receipts (IR£m)

Difference between commitments and receipts totals (IR£m)

SOCIAL FUND

1973

4.1

3.6

(Department of Labour)

1974

7.0

5.4

1975

9.4

6.9

1976

13.0

10.8

1977

19.4

14.8

1978

25.6

22.7

1979

38.4

32.6

1980

45.6

29.0

1981

70.9

45.3

TOTAL

233.4

171.1

62.3

FEOGA GUIDANCE SECTION

1973

2.87

1974

5.14

(Department of Agriculture)

1975

6.93

0.58

1976

14.55

2.64

1977

16.47

7.33

1978

18.02

9.69

1979

21.40

18.48

1980

38.22

27.83

1981

23.62

39.83

TOTAL

147.22

106.38

40.84

FEOGA GUIDANCE SECTION

1978

1.6

1979

2.7

(Department of Fisheries and Forestry)

1980

2.7

3.6

1981

2.5

TOTAL

7.0

6.1

0.9

[357][358]FISHERY PROTECTION-MARITIME SURVEILLANCE

1978

Global allocation of IR£31m for period 1977-1982.

1979

7.9

1980

4.5

1981

5.6

(Department of Defence)

TOTAL

31.0

18.0

13.0

EUROPEAN MONETARY SYSTEM-INTEREST SUBSIDIES

1979

44.9

44.5

1980

45.2

45.5

1981

46.2

46.1

(Department of Finance)

TOTAL

136.3

136.1

0.2

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

1973

0.02

1974

0.1

(Department of an Taoiseach — National Board for Science and Technology).

1975

0.1

0.2

1976

0.6

0.3

1977

0.3

0.3

1978

0.5

0.5

1979

0.8

0.5

1980

0.3

0.4

1981

1.5

0.7

TOTAL

4.22

2.9

1.32

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES

1979

0.07

0.05

1980

0.09

0.08

(Department of Education)

1981

0.09

0.09

TOTAL

0.25

0.22

0.03

ENERGY PROJECTS

1978

0.05

(Department of Industry and Energy.)

1979

0.07

1980

0.23

0.16

1981

2.55

0.22

TOTAL

2.90

0.38

2.52

PROJECTS IN THE HYDROCARBONS SECTOR

1975

0.16

1976

0.19

1977

0.15

(Department of Industry and Energy.)

1978

1979

0.26

1980

0.19

1981

0.13

TOTAL

1.08

0.91(1)

0.17

(1)Annual breakdown not available.

Fund

Year

Commitments

Receipts

Difference between commitments and receipts totals

(IR£m)

(IR£m)

(IR£m)

RESEARCH PROJECTS

1977

0.03

0.03

1978

0.01

0.01

(Department of Industry and Energy)

1979

0.04

0.01

1980

0.40

0.24

1981

TOTAL

0.48

0.29

0.19

[359][360]MICRO-ELECTRONICS STUDY

1980

0.03

0.03

1981

0.03

0.02

(Department of an Taoiseach)

TOTAL

0.06

0.05

0.01

GRAND TOTAL

779.87

598.85

181.02

Note: Receipts under the FEOGA Guarantee Section (agricultural price support) are not included in these tables as there is no distinction between commitments and payments in the matter of disbursements. A number of other headings, involving small receipts, are excluded for the same reason.

Mr. Deasy: What is the total amount outstanding?

Mr. MacSharry: I can give the total figures to the Deputy but he will need to see the table to appreciate it fully under the various funds of social, regional or FEOGA and the makeup of EEC budgets vis-à-vis commitment to a particular country or project and receipts in any given year. Over the period 1977 until 1981 commitments amounted to something like £779.87 million and receipts in that period were £598.85 million leaving a balance due of £181.2 million.

Mr. Deasy: There are assertions from time to time that we are not getting our full moneys from the EEC because of lateness in applying for these moneys or because of inefficiency of our part. Is there any foundation for these charges?

Mr. MacSharry: That is a separate question but I hope that that is not so because we should not in any circumstances leave money due to us anywhere without collecting it as efficiently and quickly as possible. If there are such instances as the Deputy has mentioned I would be glad to know of them and take them up with the appropriate Departments. I would be glad, as I am sure would every Deputy in this House within 24 hours of a budget, if we could have that £181 million paid now rather than have it outstanding.

Mr. Deasy: The Minister has seen news reports in the public press from time to time.

Mr. MacSharry: I have seen some, but I am sure they are being examined in the appropriate Departments.