Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (158, 159, 160, 161)

Robert Troy

Question:

158. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Finance the costs of providing telephone in the homes of Ministers and Ministers of State in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12385/13]

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Robert Troy

Question:

159. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Finance the cost of telephones and ICT provided to constituency offices including monthly phone bills of Ministers and Ministers of State in his Department since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12404/13]

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Robert Troy

Question:

160. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Finance if any additional costs other than telephones, ICT and monthly phone bills are being paid to constituency office by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12422/13]

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Robert Troy

Question:

161. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Finance the number of mobile phones in use by him, Ministers of State and politically appointed staff; the total costs of the mobile phones since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12440/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 158 to 161, inclusive, together.

The information requested by the Deputy is as follows:

I can confirm that no telephones, ICT, monthly phone bills or any additional costs are provided in the constituency offices of the Minister or Junior Minister in my Department. However an office is set aside in my home for use as my constituency office. The cost of providing telephony service to my home was €3,998.28 inclusive of VAT from March 2011 to date. No cost was incurred on home telephony service on behalf of a Junior Minister.

The number of political staff with business mobiles in this Department is four including myself and the total cost incurred for the 2 year period since March 2011 is €5,263.99 exclusive of VAT.