Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (205)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

208 Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the amounts spent by previous Ministers and Ministers of State within his Department on subsistence, mobile phone communications and recouped expenses, with indications given to the portion that are both vouched and unvouched for each year from 1 January 2007 to 9 March 2011 inclusive; the extent of such expenditure that was discharged directly by his Department on behalf of the Minister concerned; the extent to which the expenditure was discharged by credit card directly by or on behalf of the Minister involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35499/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

Information requested by the Deputy is outlined in the tables:

Costs for Minister

Name

Year

Subsistence €

Expenses €

Mobile Phone €

Eamon Ryan

June 2007-Dec 2007

1,134

0

1,545

Jan 2008-Dec 2008

2,605

0

1,170

Jan 2009-Dec 2009

938

0

1,474

Jan 2010-Dec 2010

0

580

1,096

January 2011

0

0

211

Minister Ryan had the use of a Garda driver and car for his period in office.

Costs for Ministers of State

Name

Year

Subsistence €

Expenses €

Mobile Phone €

Tony Killeen

June 2007-Dec 2007

289

12

201

Jan 2008-May 2008

986

3,059(includes €2,980 mileage expenses)

160

Sean Power

May 2008-Dec 2008

812

17,722 (all mileage expenses)

575

Jan 2009-Apr 2009

86

16,386 (includes €16,054 mileage expenses)

1,090

Conor Lenihan

Apr 2009-Dec 2009

232

69

0

Jan 2010-Dec 2010

452

49

0

Jan 2011-Mar 2011

0

0

0

Minsters of State Killeen and Lenihan were also assigned to another Department whilst Minister of State Power was solely assigned to this Department.

As the Minister of State assigned to my Department in the period April 2009 to March 2011 was also assigned to the then Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment no mobile phone costs or mileage costs were incurred by my Department during that period.

Mileage expenses were paid to Ministers of State in accordance with Department of Finance guidelines. All other expenses recouped were vouched.

Subsistence payments to Ministers and Ministers of State were paid on the same basis as for civil servants. Expenditure on mobile phone communications were discharged directly by the Department in respect of the Minister and Ministers of State. In the time allotted it has not been possible to identify which expenditure was discharged by credit card. I will supply this information to the Deputy as soon as it is available.