Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (51)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

50 Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade 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. [35504/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

The following table sets out the subsistence and mileage expenses paid to previous Ministers and Ministers of State of this Department during the period 1 January 2007 to 9 March 2011. The table also includes official mobile phone charges paid on behalf of Ministers during this period:

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Mr. Dermot Ahern T.D, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Subsistence

4,975

2,034

Mobile Phone charges

6,792

2,981

Mr. Micheál Martin T.D., Minister For Foreign Affairs

Subsistence

3,917

2,805

2,594

Mobile Phone charges

1,037

823

1,461

105

Mr. Noel Treacy T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for European Affairs

Subsistence

1,598

Mileage

36,462

Mobile Phone charges

676

Mr. Dick Roche T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for European Affairs

Subsistence

1,499

6,145

1,981

4,310

314

Mileage

13,311

28,467

21,564

17,242

3,370

Mobile Phone charges

476

1,442

565

Mr. Michael Kitt T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Overseas Development

Subsistence

1,077

880

Mileage

13,322

17,697

Mobile Phone charges

896

1,082

Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Overseas Development

Subsistence

903

Mileage

8,177

Mobile Phone charges

1,492

Mr. Peter Power T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Overseas Development

Subsistence

3,714

3,751

3,227

Mileage

15,175

27,919

9,144

Mobile Phone charges

1,341

748.00

1,870

413

All expenditure is paid on a vouched basis apart from subsistence and mileage expenses relating to official travel which are paid at Department of Finance rates and in accordance with normal regulations. Official mobile phone costs were paid directly by the Department to the service providers.

In addition to the above, the Department paid directly for a range of services related to the conduct of the Ministers' official business, including air fares, hotel costs, car hire, airport charges, etc.

Some of these were paid by credit card and the amounts have been accounted in the Department's Financial Management System. In the time available, it is not possible to carry out the extensive research that would be required to identify the individual amounts that used a credit card as the method of payment.