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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 636. & 759 - National drugs strategy budget [13556/16]. (31 May 2016)

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636. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Health the details of drug-related public expenditure for each year from 2012. [13556/16]

 

759. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Health the details of drug-related public expenditure for each year from 2012. [13549/16]

 

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne):  I propose to take Questions Nos. 636 and 759 together.

The National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 is a cross cutting area of public policy and service delivery which requires a coordinated response to tackling the drugs problem. The Oversight Forum on Drugs, which I chair, is responsible for the high-level monitoring of the implementation of the Strategy across Government departments and agencies. 

In line with the National Drugs Strategy, departments and agencies report on their annual expenditure attributable to drugs programmes to the Oversight Forum on Drugs. Details of the expenditure from 2012 to 2014, as well as the allocation for 2015, is outlined in the following table. 

 

Department/Agency

2012 Expenditure (€m)

2013 Expenditure (€m)

2014 Expenditure (€m)

2015 Allocation (€m)

HSE Addiction Services

89.368

90.392

86.122

86.279

HSE Community Based Drugs Initiatives

0

0

21.570

22.593

An Garda Síochána

45.850

44.000

43.000

43.000

D/Children & Youth Affairs

22.730

20.310

19.548

19.548

D/Justice & Equality

18.580

18.553

18.762

18.928

Revenue Customs Service

14.241

14.624

16.235

16.235

D/Social Protection (former FÁS area)

11.859

13.434

14.063

13.702

D/Health

32.376

30.524

8.280

7.350

Irish Prison Service

5.000

4.500

4.200

4.285

D/Education & Skills

0.815

0.810

0.748

0.746

D/Environment, Community & Local Government

0.200

0

0

0

Total

241.019

237.147

232.528

232.666

The Deputy is advised that the increase in HSE Community Based Drugs Initiatives and the corresponding reduction in the Department of Health allocations in the years 2014 and 2015 reflect the fact that the Department transferred €21.57m in funding to the HSE on 1st January 2014, with a further €1.02m transferring on 1st January 2015.

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