Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (334)

Denis Naughten


463 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the total budget allocated to his Department and to the Garda for road safety and road traffic enforcement in 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3147/04]

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

The total budget allocated to the Garda Síochána for 2004 is €1.055 billion. As the budget is not allocated on an activity basis, it is not generally possible to identify separately the funds provided for road safety and road traffic enforcement.

As the duties of members of the Garda Síochána are not mutually exclusive, members can discharge a number of duties, including road safety and traffic enforcement, as part of their routine policing activities.

A specific budget of €1.074 million has, however, been allocated in the 2004 Garda Vote for the purchase of road traffic equipment to assist members in the general discharge of road safety and traffic duties, and provision has been made within the computer capital subhead — A.5 — for the completion of the FCPS project.