Dáil Éireann - Volume 600 - 14 April, 2005

Written Answers. - National Development Plan.

  85. Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Finance the details of all capital spending on infrastructure under the NDP each year from 2000 to the end of 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11601/05]

  Mr. Cowen: Capital infrastructure investment under the National Development Plan 2000-2006 is primarily delivered through the Economic and Social Infrastructure Operational Programme, ESIOP. Total spending to date under the ESIOP is on target, and had exceeded €19 billion by the end of 2004, which is approximately 107% of the forecast expenditure for the period 2000-04. The NDP’s ESIOP investment is delivering major improve[1137] ments to the economic and social infrastructure throughout the country in the areas of roads, public transport, environmental infrastructure, [1138] sustainable energy, housing and health. The table shows the spend under each priority of the ESIOP for the period 2000-04.

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Total

€ million

€ million

€ million

€ million

€ million

€ million

National Roads

611

911

1,093

1,221

1,352

5,188

Public Transport

456

490

524

585

496

2,551

Environmental Infrastructure

459

571

504

490

402

2,426

Sustainable Energy

4

5

9

13

14

45

Housing

848

1,326

1,615

1,531

1,457

6,777

Health

> 294

> 374

> 504

> 510

> 503

> 2,185

Total

2,672

3,677

4,249

4,350

4,224

19,172

*Figures per ESIOP Monitoring Committee Reports.

The 2004 data is provisional and will be formally reported to the ESIOP monitoring committee meeting at the end of April 2005. The table shows the expenditure from all funding sources, Exchequer and non-Exchequer.

In addition to the above spending on national infrastructure, over the period 2000-04, some €2.4 billion has been spent under the local infrastructure priority of the two regional operational programmes. This spend relates to non-national roads and local environmental infrastructure.