Prime Minister Andrew Holness says it costs the government over $300-million, to merge HEART-NTA, the National Youth Service, Jamaica Foundation For Life Long Learning and the Apprenticeship Board.

He was responding to questions posed by Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Julian Robinson in the House of Representatives yesterday.

The Prime Minister says there are now 46 senior managers at the new entity, compared to 44 prior to the merger.

He says as a result of the merger, staff count at HEART has moved from 1291 to 1578.

But he says before the merger there were over two thousand staff members combined at all four entities.

The Prime Minister says this fiscal year’s expenditure budget for the merged entity, is $13-billion.

He says last fiscal year, it was $14-billion .

Mr Holness says there’s also been a fallout in tax revenues for the agency.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, addressing the House of Representatives yesterday.

In the meantime, South East St Andrew Member of Parliament, Julian Robinson says he’s not convinced the entity is being efficient.

Julian Robinson, South East St Andrew Member of Parliament.

In response Prime Minister Holness says he too was concerned about the entity’s efficient.

But he says he’s been assured the changes will make HEART-NSTA efficient.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

They were addressing the House of Representatives yesterday.