Is the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure out of control with its spending?
That was the question levelled by Michael MHK Alfred Cannan at Minister Graham Cregeen in the House of Keys.
He said it seemed to be the attitude of some departments to ‘spend, spend, spend’.
In the soon to be scrapped DCCL he cited examples including new double-decker buses, minibuses and the bendy bus trial.
Mr Cannan asked the Minister why his department has an expected overspend of £500,000 this financial year.
The Minister said the figure was an estimated shortfall in net expenditure made on September 30: ‘The estimated shortfall arose as a result of projected savings that are unlikely to materialise due to not implementing articulated buses and delays in procuring the systems necessary to introduce a revised fare structure and reduce lost monies on the buses.’
He added: ‘The department is confident that as a result of the efforts of the management and the co-operation of the Treasury a supplementary vote is currently viewed as unlikely.
‘However, as we are still less than eight months through the financial year, any prediction regarding the end of year position remains an estimate.’