Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (534)

Shane Ross


534. Deputy Shane Ross asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of cars bought for An Garda Síochána in the past two years, 2011 and 2012 and January/February 2013; the model of each car; the cost of each car and the level/grade in the Garda to which each car was allocated; the number of cars that were allocated to gardaí on the beat; the number that were purchased for gardaí at senior level including Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, all Assistant Commissioners, Chief Administrative Officer, Director of Communications, District Commissioner, Head of Garda Internal Audit, Head of Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Executive Director of Finance and Services, Executive Director ICT; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8084/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Decisions on the provision and deployment of Garda transport are matters for the Garda Commissioner.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that 264 Garda vehicles were procured in the period referred to by the Deputy. These vehicles were secured through open competitive procurement processes and, accordingly, I understand from the Garda authorities that the precise costs involved are commercially sensitive.

In addition, I have been informed by the Garda authorities that all of the vehicles in question were allocated for front-line Garda duties, based on operational requirements. The vehicles comprised a number of different models and the main manufacturers involved were Fiat, Ford and Toyota. A breakdown for the vehicle types is outlined in the table below:

Patrol vehicles