Dáil Éireann - Volume 681 - 30 April, 2009

Written Answers. - Departmental Reports.

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Finance if he has received reports from bodies under the aegis of his Department in relation to their operation; if such will be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17189/09]

  Deputy Brian Lenihan: The following table lists the latest reports received from bodies under the aegis of the Department of Finance, in relation to their operation.

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Name of the Report

Has the report been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas

Standards in Public Office Commission Annual Report 2007

Yes

The Special EU Programmes Body Annual Report and Accounts 2007

Yes

An Post National Lottery Company Annual Report for 2008

Yes

National Treasury Management Agency Annual Report 2007

Yes

National Pensions Reserve Fund Annual Report 2007

Yes

Report and Financial Statements of Sealuchais Arachais Teoranta for year ended 31 December 2007

To be laid shortly

Financial Services Ombudsman Annual Report 2008

To be laid shortly

Financial Services Appeals Tribunal Annual Report 2008

To be laid shortly

Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland Annual Report 2007

Yes

2007 Annual Report Office of Public Works

Not Applicable

Valuation Office Annual Report 2007

Yes

National Development Finance Agency annual report 2007

Not applicable

2008 Annual Report of the Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Yes

Irish Financial Services Regulator Statement of Estimated Income and Expenditure Report 2009

To be laid shortly

Irish Financial Services Regulator Annual Report 2007

Yes

Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Finance if his Department has commissioned internal or external reports in relation to his Department or bodies under the aegis of his Department in the past five years; if so, the objectives of such reports; the cost of same; if such reports have been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17203/09]

  Deputy Brian Lenihan: The following tables set out the reports commissioned in the period 2004-2008.

2004

Name of report commissioned

Cost/ Estimated cost of report

Reason for report

The Cohesion Fund in Ireland

43,545

Report on the Cohesion Fund in Ireland

Electricity Purchasing Strategies for the Public Sector

66,500

Electricity de-regulation 2006

Report to the Directors General Responsible for Public Administration in the European Union — Assessing the Implications of Demographic Changes on Public Sector Pensions.

59,840

The Report sets out the findings of an academic study on the Implications of Demographic Changes on Public Sector Pensions and was presented to the DGs in Dublin in 2004.

Report to the Directors General Responsible for Public Administration in the European Union — Ethics in the Public Services of the Member States of the European Union

66,975

The Report to the Directors General Responsible for Public Administration in the European Union was part of Ireland’s contribution to the European Public Administration Network in 2004.

[645] A Financial Assessment of Decentralisation Costs and Savings

48,400

To identify the types of costs and savings associated with the decentralisation programme.

Evaluation of the Expenditure Review on the Charitable Lotteries Fund

1,200

Required under the Value for Money Process

2005

Name of report commissioned

Cost/ Estimated cost of report

Reason for report

Evaluation of the Expenditure Review of Change Management fund

1,452

Required under the Value for Money Process

Review of delegation of responsibility within the department and related work

5,755

To strengthen accountability

Securing Maximum Positive Benefits for Local Communities from the Public Service Decentralisation Programme

49,489

Advice on securing the maximum benefit for local communities from Decentralisation.

External evaluation of the Expenditure Review of the Grant in Aid to the IPA by the Department of Finance.

1,452

Required under the Value for Money Process

Evaluation of Water service investment in NDP/CSF 2000-2006

163,201

This report was commissioned under the Evaluation arrangements in the 2000-2006 Development Plan

Update Evaluation of Community Support Framework

91,889

This report was commissioned under the Evaluation arrangements in the 2000-2006 Development Plan

2006

Name of report commissioned

Cost/ Estimated cost of report

Reason for report

External Evaluation Report — on the Expenditure Review of the Grant-in-aid to the Economic and Social Research Institute

2,420

Necessary as part of the value for Money Review process

Evaluation of Value for Money and Policy Review of the Grant-in-Aid to Ordnance Survey Ireland

2,420

Required under the Value for Money Process.

Evaluation of the Expenditure Review of the Information Society Fund

1,000

Necessary as part of the value for Money Review process

Ex-Ante Evaluation of the Investment Priorities for the National Development Plan 2007-2013

356,942

Provided an evaluation of priorities for public investment as an input into the preparation of the National Development Plan 2007-2103

[646]

2007

Name of report commissioned

Cost/ Estimated cost of report

Reason for report

Value for Money and Policy Review of the Grant-in-Aid to Ordnance Survey Ireland

57,475

* To assess the objectives of the grant-in aid to Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi); to identify improved output definitions and monitoring arrangements for future editions of the Service Level Agreement with OSi; and to advise on the placement of oversight of the agency.

Risk Review for Accountant’s Branch/ Paymaster General’s Office

49,624.06

To review risk management in Accountant’s Branch/ Paymaster General’s Office

Review of remuneration of CEOs of Commercial State Bodies

191,180

Review pay of CEOs of Commercial State Bodies

2008

Name of report commissioned

Cost/ Estimated cost of report

Reason for report

Evaluation of the Value for Money Review of the Civil Service Childcare Initative

2,178

To Review and assess the objectives of the Civil Service Childcare Initative

Review of the National Pensions Reserve Fund

No fee paid

Review of the National Pensions Reserve Fund

National Development Plan annual report 2007

23,724.34

*Progress report on National Development Plan

Tax Forecasting Methodology Review Group

N/A

To examine the tax revenue methodology employed by the Department of Finance in light of the actual experience over the period 1999-2006 following the previous review in 1998

*These reports were laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.