Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (759, 760, 761, 762, 763)

Eoghan Murphy

Question:

759. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way costs are apportioned by the National Transport Authority to companies operating Public Service Obligation routes such as Dublin Bus and CIE, and the process used to decide the amount of money that goes to each company. [8228/13]

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Eoghan Murphy

Question:

760. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of times CIE companies have not met the quality benchmarks in their Public Service Obligation contracts. [8229/13]

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Eoghan Murphy

Question:

761. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide a breakdown of the amount of the subvention paid to each of the publicly financed transport companies by the service they offer for example how much of the public service obligation goes to each of the routes in each company and the way this is determined. [8230/13]

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Eoghan Murphy

Question:

762. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a private operator were to propose to operate a fully commercial service when an existing public sector obligation subvention service is operated, if the National Transport Authority will consider withdrawing the PSO support for the existing service. [8231/13]

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Eoghan Murphy

Question:

763. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way financial performance of the CIE companies are monitored to ensure that they are able to deliver on their Public Service Obligation requirements for the duration of their contracts. [8232/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 759 to 763, inclusive, together.

The issues raised are matters for the National Transport Authority (NTA) and I have forwarded the Deputy's questions to NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.