Additional Moneys

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Finance and Personnel – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 14 October 2002.

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Photo of Sean Farren Sean Farren Social Democratic and Labour Party 3:30, 14 October 2002

I must be careful when responding to the Chairperson of the Audit Committee and member of the Public Accounts Committee in this regard. Both of us will cease to hold our respective offices from midnight this evening, but when Members read the press releases on September monitoring and further allocations from two of the Executive programme funds, they will see that the Executive have done all in their power to redirect and add to the scope for investment in such vital services as health, education, roads infrastructure, transport facilities and the Water Service. It is a legacy of which we can be proud.

The responsibility for the actual spend will not be with the Minister of Finance and Personnel but with the Ministers who have responsibility for the various Departments. My Budget proposals contained a clear invitation and a requirement on all Departments to submit a report by the end of October on how they will address efficiency and asset management issues — and I trust that the present hiatus will not be a cause for any delay in that regard. When the Assembly returns — as I hope it will in the not too distant future — it is hoped that Members will find that considerable progress has been made with respect to what was proposed in the reforming and, as I said at the time, radical Budget.