Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (203)

Robert Troy

Question:

203. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills 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. [12383/13]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Education)

The total cost to my Department of providing a telephone in my home from when I took up office as Minister for Education and Skills in 2011 to date is €440.98.

My Department does not pay home telephone costs in respect of Minister of State Ciarán Cannon.

It is worth noting that Ministers, unlike all other Oireachtas Members, are not able to claim for telephone calls relating to the performance of his/her duties as a Member under the Public Representation Allowance provided by the Houses of the Oireachtas as this facility is instead provided by their Departments.