Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (373)

Joe McHugh

Question:

373. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has asked Garda management to consider adopting a leasing policy for transport in certain areas; if his attention has been drawn to similar arrangements that obtain in other EU Member States; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11042/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Decisions in relation to the provision of Garda transport are matters for the Garda Commissioner. The Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote and, in that context, I have been informed that the option of leasing vehicles has been examined. However, the Garda authorities have concluded that the current arrangement whereby Garda vehicles are purchased through an open tender procedure represents the most efficient use of available resources as, in particular, it secures bulk discounts for Force.