Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Marian Harkin

Question:

253 Ms Harkin asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the number and cost of personnel involved in his Department in media, media marketing and public relations activities, including external public relations and media monitoring services in the periods 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2001, 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2002, and 1 January 2003 to date. [4001/03]

On the establishment of my Department in June 2002, it continued to engage the services of public relations consultants Fleishman Hilliard Saunders until the expiry of their contract on 18 October 2002. My Department has not engaged PR consultants since that date.

The further details requested by the Deputy in respect of my Department, are set out in the following tables:

18 June 2002 to 31 December 2002

Number of Personnel in Media/Press Office

3

Total cost of personnel in Media/Press Office

€40,997

Total cost of External Public Relations

€18,732

Cost of Media Monitoring Services

€1,740

1 January 2003 to date

Number of Personnel in Media/Press Office

3

Total cost of personnel in Media/Press Office

€15,770

Total cost of External Public Relations

Nil

Cost of Media Monitoring Services

€279

In addition, also set out hereunder are details regarding consultants and staff employed by the cultural institutions.
18th June 2002 to 31 December 2002

Number of Personnel in Media/Press Office

4.5

Total cost of personnel in Media/Press Office

€76,055

Total cost of External Public Relations

€39,335

Cost of Media Monitoring Services

€4250

1 January 2003 to date

Number of Personnel in Media/Press Office

3.5

Total cost of personnel in Media/Press Office

€15,246

Total cost of External Public Relations

€3,847

Cost of Media Monitoring Services

€800

Marian Harkin

Question:

254 Ms Harkin asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the expenditure by his Department on photographic services in the periods 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2001, 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2002, and 1 January 2003 to date. [4016/03]

Expenditure on photographic services by my Department since its establishment last June amounted to €41,874.06 in 2002, mainly in connection with the specialised needs of the national cultural institutions. The cost to date in 2003 is €11,218.

Marian Harkin

Question:

255 Ms Harkin asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the amount of money spent of media advertising in the periods 1 January 2001 to December 2001, 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2002, and 1 January 2003 to date. [4031/03]

Expenditure on media advertising by my Department since its establishment last June amounted to €205,261.40 in 2002, mainly in connection with the specialised needs of the national cultural institutions. The cost to date in 2003 is €34,466.23.