Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (753)

John Cregan

Question:

875 Mr. Cregan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of Garda Síochána members and their ranks, who have been granted the full 18 month lodging allowance as allowed for in transfer regulations applicable when members of the Garda Síochána are promoted and transferred from 1985 to date. [1484/04]

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

My Department's financial management system contains certain accounting information on the payment of lodging allowances in connection with the transfer of members of the Garda Síochána. However, there are no records in my Department, either manual or computer, that can be readily accessed in order to indicate the number of members and their ranks, who have been granted the full 18 month lodging allowance from 1985 to date. An extensive trawl through manual records would be necessary but it is not certain that the result would be conclusive due to procedures in the accounts area for destroying accounting records after the record has been retained for seven years.