Wednesday, 28 January 2004

Questions (56, 57)

Emmet Stagg

Question:

152 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Transport in respect of the sections of his Department, or boards or agencies operating under the aegis of his Department, it is proposed to decentralise the number which are housed in leased office space or premises; the annual amount paid in rent in each case; when the lease runs out in each case; if there are financial penalties involved in the breaking of the lease in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2142/04]

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Emmet Stagg

Question:

190 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Transport the functions or sections of his Department, or boards or agencies operating under the aegis of his Department, it is proposed to decentralise; the proposed location in each case; the criteria used for the selection of the location in each case; the number of staff to be transferred; the discussions he has had with representatives of staff involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2141/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 152 and 190 together.

I would refer the Deputy to my previous answer to Questions Nos. 231 to 234, inclusive, answered on Wednesday, 10 December 2003 and to Question No. 497 answered on Tuesday, 16 December 2003.

While questions relating to leases and rent paid are a matter for the Office of Public Works and the semi-State bodies listed in the decentralisation programme, the information readily available in my Department is detailed in the following table.

Department of Transport

Buildings in which space will be vacated as a result of decentralisation programme.

Agency/Division to be decentralised

Details of Buildings from which staff will be decentralised

Amount of Space Vacated

Lease Arrangements

Road Haulage Division

2nd Floor, Block 4B, Parkwest Business Park Nangor Road, Dublin 12

780.6 sq metres

Lease due to expire on 31/8/2021. Break after 15 years i.e. 31/8/2016 with 12 mths notice and 12 mths rent penalty

National Safety Council

4 Northbrook Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

300 sq. metres (3,300 sq. ft)

35 year lease commenced in Jan 1984. 5 year rent review Current rent €69.000 p.a.

National Roads Authority

St Martin's House, Waterloo Road, Dublin 4.

2,183 sq. metres (23,500 sq ft) + 48 car parking spaces

20 year lease, 7 day term from 1 Jan 1996, without option to break

Irish Aviation Authority

Buildings currently occupied are:Aviation House — entire building — 14 Hawkins Street (part of building)

37,000 sq. ft.1,700 sq. ft.The above indicates all space currently occupied and not necessarily the amount of space that will be vacated.

14 Hawkins Street is on short term lease

Railway Safety Commission

Trident House, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

248.05 sq metres

Leased until 30/4/2014