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Ministerial Travel

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 28 June 2011

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Questions (393)

Niall Collins

Question:

422 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the rate of travel expense that is mileage paid for use of his private cars; the rate of subsistence payments and any other allowances available to him and his Ministers of State in the course if their appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17233/11]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

The motor travel and subsistence rates paid to me and the Minister of State in my Department are in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines. The rates per kilometre in respect of the use of a private vehicle are as follows:

Official motor travel in a calendar year

Engine capacity up to 1200cc

Engine capacity 1201cc to 1500cc

Engine capacity 1501cc to 2000cc

Engine capacity 2001cc and over

Up to 6,437km

39.12 cent

46.25 cent

59.07 cent

70.89 cent

6,438km and over

21.22 cent

23.62 cent

28.46 cent

34.15 cent

These rates are limited to 96,540 kilometres per year.

The relevant domestic subsistence rate is €72.66 per night and a 10 hour or 5 hour day rate of €33.61 and €13.71 respectively is also payable. Ministers may also claim the vouched cost of a hotel room (including tax and up to 15% service charge).

When travelling abroad Ministers may also claim the vouched cost of a hotel room including tax and up to 15% for the service charge plus the Civil Service Class A conference rate increased by 1/3, with the exception of destinations in the US and Canada where it is increased by a ½. The Civil Service conference rate varies depending on the destination, for example the rate for Brussels is €108.50, while the rate for New York is $142.50.

As the Deputy will be aware, a single parliamentary standard allowance is also payable to all Deputies, Senators and Officeholders.

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