Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Marian Harkin

Question:

288 Ms Harkin asked the Minister for Transport 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. [4003/03]

There is a full-time press officer and a full-time information officer plus two clerical support staff employed in the Department of Transport for media and media marketing, including external public relations and media monitoring services. No other external consultants are employed by my Department for these activities.

The approximate costs, which mainly relate to salaries, were €174,000 in 2001; €185,000 in 2002 and €26,000 to date in 2003.

These figures include all the Department of Public Enterprise expenditure to 17 June 2002 and all the Department of Transport expenditure from 18 June 2002. As a result, year by year figures are not comparable.

Marian Harkin

Question:

289 Ms Harkin asked the Minister for Transport 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. [4018/03]

The expenditure from the Vote of the Department of Transport (formerly the Department of Public Enterprise) on photographic services from 1 January 2001 to date is as follows: January 2001-31 December 2001, €13,125; January 2002-31 December 2002, €7,436; January 2003-11 February 2003, €810.

These figures include all the Department of Public Enterprise expenditure to 17 June 2002 and all the Department of Transport expenditure from 18 June 2002. As a result, year-by-year figures are not comparable.

Marian Harkin

Question:

290 Ms Harkin asked the Minister for Transport the amount of money spent on media advertising in the periods 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2001, 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2002, and 1 January 2003 to date. [4033/03]

The amount of money spent from the Vote of the Department of Transport (formerly the Department of Public Enterprise) on media advertising from 1 January 2001 to date is as follows: January 2001-31 December 2001, €324,287; January 2002-31 December 2002, €261,443; January 2003-11 February 2003, €12,509.

The costs incurred were mainly in respect of advertising in national newspapers, and included such items as the national emergency plan, the public consultation on the strategic rail review, invitation of submissions on the regulatory framework for bus services outside the greater Dublin area, relocation of road haulage division and advertising in the phone book. Other items included the publication of statutory instruments, advertising in Iris Oifigiúil and other specialist magazines.

These figures include all the Department of Public Enterprise expenditure to 17 June 2002 and all the Department of Transport expenditure from 18 June 2002. As a result, year-by-year figures are not comparable.