Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (375)

Eamon Ryan

Question:

505 Mr. Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount his Department paid out in 2003 for car mileage expenses; and the separate amount paid to cover rail or bus ticket expenses. [3183/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

My Department paid €1,911,624 in respect of mileage expenses in 2003. A further amount of €94,720 was expended on bus, rail and related expenses, for example, taxi fares and car parking fees. A separate figure is not available for bus and rail expenses; systems are being put in place which will enable my Department to provide details of such expenditure from 2004.

My Department also operates a travel pass scheme for staff under which they purchase an annual bus or rail pass in a tax efficient manner approved by the Revenue Commissioners; some 244 staff avail of this.