Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (21)

Brian Stanley

Question:

20 Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide, in a tabular form, the annual saving to the public sector pay bill if all committee chair remuneration, commission member remuneration, Government Whip allowance remuneration, assistant Government Whip allowance remuneration, Whip to the Opposition parties remuneration, assistant Whip to the Opposition parties remuneration, Leader of the House, Seanad, allowance remuneration, deputy Leader of the House Seanad allowance remuneration, Opposition leader of the House Seanad remuneration, Government Whip Seanad remuneration, assistant Government Whip Seanad remuneration; and Leader of the Independent group Seanad remuneration were all withdrawn. [32375/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Expenditure)

There are a number of legislative provisions governing the payment of the allowances listed by the Deputy. Details of allowances payable in the categories specified by the Deputy, are set out in the table below. The cost if all such remuneration is claimed is estimated at €375,000. However, this figure does not take account of any individual arrangements whereby the allowance or portion thereof may be waived. In addition, section 6(2) of Oireachtas (Allowances to Members), Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices Act, 1998, states if a Member is eligible during any period to receive more than one of the allowances provided for in Section 3, 4 and 5 of the Act, only the higher or highest of those allowances shall be paid or payable to the member during that period. In relation to allowances payable to Chairpersons of Committees, the Oireachtas (Allowances to Members), Ministerial, Parliamentary, Judicial and Court Offices Act, 1998, in circumstances where a Chairperson is Chairperson of more than one Committee, they are only eligible to be paid one allowance.

Title of Allowance

Allowance €

Fianna Fáil Party Whip

19,000

People before Profit Whip

6,000

Sinn Féin Party Whip

6,000

Socialist Party Whip

6,000

Assistant Government Whip

15,000

Fianna Fáil Party Assistant Whip

9,500

Fine Gael Party Assistant Whip

7,500

Labour Party Assistant Whip

6,000

Sinn Féin Party Assistant Whip

3,000

Deputy Leader of the House in Seanad Éireann

9,500

Government Whip in Seanad Éireann

6,000

Assistant Government Whip in Seanad Éireann

4,000

Fianna Fáil Leader in Seanad Éireann

9,500

Independent Group of Nominee Senators’ Leader in Seanad Éireann

6,000

Independent Group of University Senators’ Leader in Seanad Éireann

6,000

Fianna Fáil Whip in Seanad Éireann

6,000

Independent Group of Nominee Senators’ Whip in Seanad Éireann

4,000

Independent Group of University Senators’ Whip in Seanad Éireann

4,000

Members of the Oireachtas Commission

9,500

Chairpersons of Committees

9,500

Chairperson of Committee

3,100

Question No. 21 answered with Question No. 18.