Details of the projections were outlined in the Estimates of Expenditure, which were tabled in the House of Representatives on Thursday by Minister of Finance and Public Service, Audley Shaw. Recurrent (housekeeping) expenses were earmarked at $459.37 billion, while capital (development) spending is $120.56 billion.
The Ministry of Finance and Public Service has been allocated the largest sum, with $205.36 billion for recurrent expenses and $84.64 billion for capital expenditure. A large portion of the sum will go towards meeting debt obligations.
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information gets the second largest sum of $90. 50 billion for recurrent expenses and $2.6 billion for capital spending.
Ministry of National Security has received $55.67 billion for recurrent expenditure and $3.56 billion for capital, while the Ministry of Health gets $52.90 billion for recurrent expenses and $1.54 billion for capital projects.
For the Ministry of Justice, $5.96 billion has been allocated for recurrent and $899 million for capital; Office of the Prime Minister, $3.98 billion recurrent, $2.10 billion capital; Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology, $4.70 billion recurrent, $988 million for capital; and the Ministry of Transport and Mining, $2.34 billion recurrent and $1.31 billion for capital.
Allocations to other Ministries are: Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, $5.34 billion recurrent, $3.59 billion for capital; Economic Growth and Job Creation, $8.35 billion recurrent, $11.2 billion capital; Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, $3.93 billion recurrent; Labour and Social Security, $2.54 billion recurrent, and $6.22 billion capital; Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, $2.36 billion recurrent and $188 million capital; Tourism, $1.73 billion for recurrent, $17 million capital; and Local Government and Community Development, $10.49 billion recurrent, $880 million capital.
The Office of the Cabinet has received $ 565 million for recurrent spending, and $733 million for capital expenditure.
The Auditor General has received $535 million recurrent; Office of the Services Commissions, $195 million recurrent; the Governor-General and Staff, $181 million recurrent; Office of the Public Defender, $91.7 million recurrent; Office of the Contractor General, $278 million recurrent; Office of the Children’s Advocate, $140 million recurrent; Houses of Parliament $827 million recurrent; and the Independent Commission of Investigations, $350 million for recurrent expenditure.