Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (553)

Seán Kenny

Question:

553. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost of the repairs to Garda mountain bikes for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; his plans to purchase new bikes in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8353/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The provision and allocation of Garda resources, including mountain bikes, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner in the context of his identified operational requirements. In addition, the Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the cost of repairing mountain bikes is not compiled centrally and, accordingly, the level of annual Garda expenditure on this service is not readily available. They further advise that the extraction of the relevant data would require a disproportionate amount of Garda resources.

I am also informed that the existing mountain bike stock is considered sufficient to meet policing requirements and that, while there are currently no plans to increase the number of such bikes in 2013, the position is being kept under on-going review.