Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (136)

Robert Troy

Question:

136. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach the number of credit cards issued to staff and Ministers in his Department; the total costs of each card since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12484/13]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

In March 2011 my Department had 14 credit cards in use by officials, this was reduced to 8 cards in 2012 and 7 cards in 2013. The following table provides details of the total spend on each card from March 2011 to end February 2013.

Departmental credit cards are used for official purposes only. They are allocated to officials where the facility will be of practical use in meeting the requirements of official business, for example, to facilitate meeting of travel expenses and official entertainment while away from the office, the procurement of goods and services such as on-line conferences bookings, air travel, purchase of IT equipment and library supplies.

The use of official credit cards is closely monitored by the Department's Finance Unit. Expenditure must be supported by receipts submitted by card holders each month as part of the approval process for the associated expenditure. The allocation and use of official credit cards are reviewed on an ongoing basis, with a view to minimising the number of cards allocated

2011

Total Spend on Card

Official

€680.93

Former Taoiseach (Brian Cowen)

*Costs incurred prior to 9th March

€30.00

Principal Officer, Public Service Modernisation Division

€3,955.85

Head of Information Technology Unit

€400.15

Government Press Secretary

€5,510.46

Head of Library Services

€320.00

Private Secretary to the Government Chief Whip

€30.44

Principal Officer, Economic Division

€715.82

Special Advisor to the Taoiseach

€1,445.48

Assistant Secretary, European Affairs

€192.74

Head of Management Services Unit

€30.00

Private Secretary to the Taoiseach

€5,252.60

Finance Officer

€369.84

Assistant Secretary, Public Service Modernisation

€2,556.23

Private Secretary to Minister of State for European Affairs

2012

Total Spend on Card

Official

€1,499.38

Principal Officer, Constitutional Convention

€10,010.02

Head of Library Services

€7,476.29

Head of Information Technology Unit

€30.00

Private Secretary to Chief Whip

€143.43

Assistant Secretary, Economic, International and Northern Ireland

€1,269.80

Private Secretary to the Taoiseach

€12,168.55

Finance Officer

€543.08

Private Secretary to Minister of State for European Affairs

Jan to end February 2013

Total Spend on Card

Official

€367.55

Principal Officer, Constitutional Convention

€582.93

Head of Information Technology Unit

€900.30

Head of Library Services

€3,430.49

Finance Officer

€82.22

Private Secretary to Minister of State for European Affairs

€0.00

Private Secretary to the Taoiseach

€0.00

Private Secretary to Government Chief Whip