Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (218)

Eamon Ryan

Question:

347 Mr. Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Science the amount his Department paid out in 2003 for car mileage expenses; and the separate amount paid to cover rail or bus ticket expenses. [3177/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

The computer system used by my Department for payment of travel and subsistence for the first six months of 2003 does not allow for a breakdown between mileage and public transport expenses. However, due to the introduction of a new financial management system in my Department in July 2003, I can provide the breakdown requested by the Deputy for the period from July 2003 to December 2003.

The travel expenses paid for the period from July to December 2003 can be broken down as follows:

July to December 2003

Mileage

503,909.80

Train/Bus

40,706.99

Taxis

4,019.59

A substantial amount of travel expenses paid by my Department refers to the inspectorate.