Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (738)

John McGuinness

Question:

860 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of Garda or Army escorts provided in each of the past five years to financial institutions for the transport of money throughout the State; the cost of each; the contribution made to the Department in each case; the terms of the agreement between the institutions and the State regarding the cost; the proposals, if any, by the Department to recoup the full costs from the institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1339/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that, for operational reasons, it is not the practice of the Garda Síochána to provide details of the number of cash escorts carried out within the State.

The costs to the Garda Síochána regarding cash escorts for the banks are as follows:

Year

Amount

2002

3,953,886

2001

4,341,491

2000

2,971,817

1999

3,112,538

Figures regarding 2003 have not yet been finalised. It is not possible to provide a disaggregation of costs by individual escort duty. The contributions of the banks regarding the above-mentioned costs are as follows:

Year

Contribution

2002

952,000

2001

952,000

2000

952,000

1999

952,000

Following negotiations between the banks and my Department last year, the banks agreed to increase their contributions to €3,000,000 for 2003. It was also agreed that further discussions would occur about the level of contributions to be made by the banks in future years, and my Department is currently pursuing that matter.