169. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the difference between the capital allocation for his Department under the national development plan for 2019 given as €241 million in Annex 1 of the plan and the lower figure of €220 million that is set out on pages 7 and 121 of the budget 2019 expenditure report. [44422/18]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As part of the recent Estimates process some €20 million of the capital allocation for the Justice sector in 2019 per the National Development Plan has been reprofiled to 2020. This reprofiling is to more accurately reflect when it is envisaged expenditure will fall due in relation to the multi-year project for the provision of a new Forensic Science Laboratory in Backweston, Co. Kildare. Enabling works have been carried out on the site and it is expected that the construction of the new laboratory will commence in 2019 and be completed by 2021. Following this reprofiling there remains capital funding of over €43 million in the Justice Vote for the project in 2019.
There was also a technical adjustment required in relation to €0.560 million in capital in respect of the Property Registration Authority Vote. This arose due to a transfer of functions from this Department to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, and the capital allocation for this Vote is now reflected under that Department's Vote group for 2019 and subsequent years.
These adjustments account for the difference in the capital figures for 2019 between the National Development Plan and the recent Budget 2019 Expenditure Report.