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Pre- Budget Reprioritization Exercise

PRE-BUDGET REPRIORITIZATION EXERCISE

45.  The Minority Councillor asked the Chief Secretary and Secretary of Finance, Trade and the Economy the following question:


           At the 11th Sitting, the House approved the motion inter alia to accept the policy measures and recommendations emanating from

the pre-budget re-prioritization exercise. Can the Secretary provide

the following information:

   

           (a) A breakdown of the revised allocation for Recurrent

Expenditure as well as Development Programme by Division:

          (b) A breakdown of the releases to Divisions for Recurrent

expenditure as well as the Development Programme from

October 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.

Thank you, Madam Presiding Officer. Firstly, the breakdown of revised allocation for Recurrent Expenditure as well as the Development Programme by Divisions for fiscal 2023:


  • Recurrent Expenditure   for the Assembly Legislature - twenty million dollars ($20m), and the   Development Programme - two million, six hundred and eighty-nine thousand,   four hundred and fifty dollars $2,689,540m);

  • Recurrent Expenditure   for the Office of the Chief Secretary - one hundred and forty-nine million,   nine hundred and eighty- four thousand dollars ($149,984,000) and the   Development Programme - eleven million, two hundred and thirty thousand, five   hundred and fifty dollars ($1 1,230,550);

  • Recurrent Expenditure for the Division of Finance, Trade and the Economy - one hundred and twenty-eight million, three hundred and eighteen thousand dollars ($128,318,000) and   the Development Programme - twenty-three million, five hundred and fifteen   thousand dollars ($23,515,000);

  • Recurrent Expenditure   for the Division of Food Security and Natural Resources - one hundred and   sixty million, seven hundred and fifty-nine thousand, three hundred dollars   ($160,759,300);

  • Recurrent Expenditure   for the Division of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and Transportation - one   hundred and forty-two million, one hundred and eighty-seven thousand, six   hundred dollars ($142,187,600).

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  • Education, Research   and Technology - Recurrent Expenditure, three hundred and sixty-one million,   nine hundred and fifty-seven thousand, nine hundred dollars ($3 61,95 7,900);   Development Programme - thirty-four million, six hundred and fifty thousand   dollars ($34,650,000);

  • Community   Development, Youth Development and Sport - ninety- nine million, nine hundred   and sixty-six thousand dollars ($99,966,000); Development Programme -   thirty-three million, one hundred and sixty-nine thousand, four hundred   dollars ($33,169,400);

  • Infrastructure, Quarries and Urban Development - three hundred and thirty-one million, nine hundred and forty thousand, nine hundred dollars ($331,940,900) Recurrent Expenditure; Development Programme - seventy-two million, five hundred and   twenty-eight thousand, nine hundred and fifty dollars ($72,5 28,95 0);

  • Health, Wellness and   Social Protection - Recurrent Expenditure - seven hundred and thirty-nine   million, eight hundred and forty- three thousand, four hundred and thirty-two dollars ($739,843,432); Development Programme - forty-five million,three hundred and twenty-seven thousand, two hundred and   fifty dollars ($45,327,250);

  • Settlements, Public   Utilities and Rural Development - twenty­eight million, eight hundred and   fifty-nine thousand, five hundred dollars ($28,859,500) for Recurrent   Expenditure; Development Programme - twenty-seven million, five hundred   thousand dollars ($27,5 00,000);

  • Office of the Deputy Chief Secretary - thirty million, ($30m) for Recurrent Expenditure; Development Programme seventy-two thousand, one hundred dollars ($72,100);

As for part (b) of   the question, releases as at December, 31st 2022:


  •  Assembly Legislature - Recurrent Expenditure - four million, eight hundred and seventeen thousand,  three hundred dollars ($4,817,300); Development Programme - two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000);

  • Office of the Chief  Secretary - Recurrent Expenditure - thirty- three million, seven hundred and seventy-one thousand dollars ($33,771,000); Development Programme - zero dollars ($0);

  • Finance, Trade and   the Economy - twenty-nine million, four hundred and twenty-nine thousand,   eight hundred and five dollars ($29,429,805); released so far - zero dollars ($0);

  • Food Security,   Natural Resources, the Environment and Sustainable Development - Recurrent   Expenditure - thirty-seven million, eight hundred and thirty thousand, five   hundred and fifty dollars ($37,830,550); Development Programme - six million, eight hundred and ninety-one thousand dollars ($6,891,000);

  • Tourism Culture,   Antiquities and Transportation - Recurrent Expenditure - forty-one million, seventy-three thousand, five hundred dollars ($41,073,500); Development Programme three million, one hundred and fifteen thousand dollars   ($3,115,000);

  • Education, Research   and Technology - Recurrent Expenditure - one hundred and seven million, nine   hundred and sixty-five thousand, nine hundred and forty-nine dollars   ($107,965,949); Development Programme - fourteen million, four hundred and   ninety thousand, four hundred and forty-four dollars ($14,490,444);

  • Community Development,   Youth Development and Sport - Recurrent Expenditure - twenty-five million,   eight hundred and eighteen thousand, nine hundred and ninety dollars   ($25,818,990); Development Programme - nine million, five hundred thousand   dollars ($9,500,000);

  • Infrastructure,   Quarries and Urban Development - Recurrent Expenditure seventy-six million,   two hundred and seventy-two thousand, four hundred dollars ($76,272,400);   Development Programme - twenty-three million, three hundred and eighty-five   thousand, seven hundred and fifty-seven dollars ($23,385,757);

  • Health, Wellness and   Social Protection - Recurrent Expenditure - two hundred and seven million,   ninety-four thousand, four hundred dollars ($207,094,400); Development Programme - fourteen million, two hundred and five thousand dollars   ($14,205,000);

  • Settlements, Public  Utilities and Rural Development - seven million, seven hundred and five   thousand, seven hundred and seventy-three dollars ($7,705,773); Development   Programme - two hundred and fifty-two thousand dollars ($252,000);

  • Office of the Deputy   Chief Secretary - Recurrent Expenditure - two million, seven hundred and ninety   thousand, five hundred dollars ($2,790,500) and Development Programme - zero   dollars ($0).

Minority   Councillor.

Thank you, Madam Presiding Officer.

Madam Presiding Officer, at the said Sitting in November,   the Chief Secretary would have indicated that he had in his possession, the   Tobago adjusted budget for fiscal 2023.

     The Member also indicated that they would have engaged in   a re­budgeting exercise which included re-collaboration of figures subsequent   to the passing of the national budget. He also said to us, that he would make   these available at the end of the presentation.

     Madam Presiding Officer, to date, we have not received any   such documents and we are asking if the Chief Secretary can provide the   adjusted budget for fiscal 2023, as he would have indicated.

Madam Presiding Officer, yes I could provide it. All I   have with me today, are the figures through to December 31st, but   I can provide for the entire fiscal year. I will send it through the Assembly   Legislature.

Minority   Councillor.

Thank you, Madam   Presiding Officer.

Can the Chief Secretary indicate a date, when this will be   provided, please?

Secretary of Community Development, Youth Development and Sport.

13th Plenary Sitting Tobago House of Assembly 2021 - 2025 Session

TOBAGO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

26 January 2023
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