Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.

Brendan Kenneally

Question:

58 Mr. Kenneally asked the Minister for Finance if he will give details regarding the dates, location, purpose of trip, mode of transport, duration of stay, persons accompanying him and the cost of each visit to the Exchequer in relation to official visits abroad undertaken by his predecessor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19850/98]

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to overseas trips undertaken by my predecessor, Deputy Ruairi Quinn, is set out in the following table. The costs shown in each case are the costs of commercial airfares borne by the Department, a significant amount of which would subsequently have been recouped from the Council of the European Council. The costs of travelling with the Air Corps or on the air taxi were borne by the Department of Defence.

Dates

Destination

Purpose

Passengers

Type of aircraft

Cost to Exchequer

£

15/1/95-16/1/95

Brussels

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Press Officer plus 2 Officials

Commercial

3,184.90

20/2/95

Brussels

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Special Adviser plus 2 Officials

Air Corps/Commercial

312.50

20/3/95-21/3/95

Brussels

ECOFIN/European Parliament

Private Secretary, Press Officer, Programme Manager and 2 Officials

Commercial

3,825.00

9/4/95-11/4/95

London

EBRD

Press Officer plus 2 Officials

Air Corps

No cost

22/5/95-29/5/95

Brussels/Paris/Washington

ECOFIN/OECD/White House Conference

Private Secretary, Press Officer, Personal Secretary and 3 Officials

Commercial

15,951.20

18/6/95-19/6/95

Luxembourg

EIB/ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Special Adviser plus 3 Officials

Commercial

1,371.00

24/6/95-27/6/95

Cannes

European Council

Private Secretary, Programme Manager plus 2 Officials

Commercial

1,615.20

10/7/95

Brussels

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Press Officer, Special Adviser plus 2 Officials

Air Corps

No cost

18/7/95

Brussels

ECOFIN

Press Officer, Programme Manager plus 3 Officials

Air Corps/Commercial

305.12

29/9/95-1/10/95

Valencia

Informal ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Special Adviser, Secretary of the Department and wife, Governor of the Central Bank and wife

Air Corps/Commercial

1,835.00

4/10/95-5/10/95

London

Irish Embassy Reception

Programme Manager and Press Officer

Commercial

711.80

6/10/95-15/10/95

United States

IMF/World Bank Annual General Meetings

Programme Manager, Private Secretary, Press Officer plus 2 Officials

Commercial

15,072.25

23/10/95

Luxembourg

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Special Adviser and 2 Officials

Air Corps

No cost

27/11/95

Brussels

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Special Adviser, Press Officer plus 3 Officials

Commercial

4,234.34

11/12/95-12/12/95

Madrid

Launch of Ireland/Spain Business Association

1 Official

Commercial

798.00

14/12/95-16/12/95

Madrid

European Council

Private Secretary plus 2 Officials

Air Corps/Commercial

838.00

10/1/96-11/1/96

Paris

Funeral of President Mitterand

Commercial

647.70

2/2/96

Switzerland

World Economic Forum

1 Official

Air Corps

No cost

12/2/96-14/2/96

Stockholm

Discussions with Swedish Finance Minister

Private Secretary, Programme Manager and 1 Official

Commercial

3,461.20

21/2/96-24/2/96

Florida and New York

Council Meeting of AFL/CIO; IFI Dinner

Press Officer and Programme Manager

Commercial

10,796.10

10/3/96-11/3/96

Brussels

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Press Officer, Special Adviser plus 2 Officials

Commercial

2,573.75

12/4/96-15/4/96

Verona and Sofia

ECOFIN and EBRD

Private Secretary, Press Officer, Special Adviser, Personal Secretary plus 1 Official

Commercial/Air Corps

5,721.70

6/5/96-7/5/96

Brussels

Police Committee of European Parliament

Private Secretary, Press Officer, Special Adviser plus 1 Official

Commercial

2,347.77

18/5/96-22/5/96

Paris

OECD

Minister's wife, Press Officer plus 2 Officials

Commercial

2,284.00

2/6/96-3/6/96

Luxembourg

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Press Officer, Special Adviser plus 3 Officials

Air Corps

No cost

20/6/96-21/6/96

Florence

European Council

Private Secretary, Programme Manager plus 2 Officials

Air Corps

No cost

26/6/96

Athens

Funeral of President Papandreou

Air Corps

No cost

7/7/96-9/7/96

Brussels

ECOFIN

Minister of State Coveney, Private Secretary, Private Secretary to Minister of State, Press Officer, Special Adviser, Special Adviser to Minister of State plus 7 Officials

Air Corps

No cost

16/7/96-17/7/96

Strasbourg

European Parliament

Private Secretary, Press Officer, Special Adviser, Programme Manager plus 1 Official

Air Taxi/Air Corps

No cost

26/8/96-29/8/96

Chicago

IDA Promotional Visit

Programme Manager, Press Officer plus 1 Official

Commercial

14,170.80

3/9/96

Frankfurt

EMI Council Meeting

Private Secretary, Special Adviser plus 2 Officials

Air Corps

No cost

25/9/96-27/9/96

Versailles and Berlin

European Chairmen's Symposium and Conference on Common Currency

Private Secretary, Press Officer, Special Adviser plus 1 Official

Air Taxi

No cost

28/9/96-5/10/96

Washington

IMF/World Bank Meeting

Private Secretary, Press Officer, Programme Manager plus 2 Officials

Commercial

13,581.20

13/10/96-14/10/96

Luxembourg

ECOFIN

Minister of State Coveney, Private Secretary, Special Adviser plus 4 Officials

Air Taxi

No cost

20/10/96-22/10/96

Budapest

Meeting with Hungarian Finance Minister

Programme Manager plus 3 Officials

Air Taxi

No cost

28/10/96-29/10/96

Dresden and Berlin

Conference on European Monetary Union

Special Adviser, Personal Secretary plus 1 Official

Air Taxi

No cost

7/11/96

London

EBRD

Programme Manager plus 2 Officials

Air Taxi

No cost

10/11/96-11/11/96

Brussels

ECOFIN

Minister of State Coveney, Private Secretary, Press Officer, Special Adviser, Special Adviser to Minister of State plus 1 Official

Air Taxi

No cost

21/11/96-22/11/96

Frankfurt

European Banking Conference

Special Adviser, Press Officer plus 2 Officials

Air Taxi

No cost

27/11/96

Brussels

European Parliament Committee on European Monetary Union

Private Secretary, Press Officer, Special Adviser plus 1 Official

Air Taxi

No cost

1/12/96-3/12/96

Brussels and Madrid

ECOFIN and Spanish/Irish Business Community Event

Private Secretary, Press Officer, Special Adviser plus 2 Officials, Private Secretary, Press Officer, Programme Manager plus 1 Official

Air Taxi/Commercial

2,355.00

17/12/96

Brussels

Economic, Monetary and Industrial Policy Committee of the European Parliament

Special Adviser, Press Officer plus 2 Officials

Air Taxi

No cost

27/1/97-28/1/97

Brussels

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Press Officer and 2 Officials

Commercial

2,925.40

16/2/97-17/2/97

Brussels

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Press Officer plus 1 Official

Commercial

1,908.80

23/2/97-27/2/97

Washington and New York

IDA Promotional Visit

Programme Manager, Press Officer plus 1 Official

Commercial

13,506.80

16/3/97-17/3/97

Brussels

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Special Adviser, Press Officer plus 2 Officials

Commercial

3,052.36

4/4/97-6/4/97

Noordwijk

Informal ECOFIN

Minister's wife, Secretary of the Department and wife, Governor of the Central Bank and wife, Personal Secretary and 1 Official

Air Corps

No cost

13/4/97-15/4/97

London

EBRD

Private Secretary, Press Officer and Programme Manager

Air Corps/Commercial

660.80

2/5/97-6/5/97

Helsinki

Meeting with Finnish Finance Minister

Minister's wife and son, Press Officer and 2 Officials

Air Corps/Commercial

3,853.50

12/5/97

Brussels

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Special Adviser and Press Officer

Commercial

2,514.40

8/6/98-9/6/98

Luxembourg

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Special Adviser, Press Officer plus 2 Officials

Air Corps

No cost

15/6/97-17/6/97

Amsterdam

ECOFIN

Private Secretary, Programme Manager, Press Officer plus 1 Official

Air Corps

No cost