Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (209)

Robert Troy

Question:

209. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of drivers of each vehicle assigned to him and Ministers of State in his Department since March 2011; the mileage and other costs claimed in respect of each since March 2011; the overall yearly costs of ministerial cars in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12456/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The following tabular statement contains the information sought by the Deputy. My Department does not hold details of the yearly costs of ministerial cars in 2010, as the provision of ministerial cars and garda drivers at that time was administered by the former Department of Justice.

However, I understand the cost of the previous Ministerial Transport arrangements under the last Fianna Fail - Green Party government was estimated at the time of costing €280,000 per Minister per annum.

On taking office the Government introduced new travel arrangements for Ministers. The majority of Ministers now use their own cars and are paid for official mileage up to 96,540 kilometres or 60,000 miles per annum. Civilian drivers are paid a weekly wage.

The following is a tabular statement of costs associated with the provision of Ministerial Transport for the 31 st Dáil from 2011 to March 2013.

Mr. Ruairí Quinn, T.D.

Minister for Education & Skills

Payment Type

Amount

Drivers Remuneration (including Employer’s PRSI) May 2011 to March 2013

€142,021.00

Drivers Subsistence Expenses May 2011 to March 2013

€3,446.00

Ministerial Mileage/Travel Expenses May 2011 to March 2013

€24,462.00

TOTAL

€169,929.00

Mr. Ciaran Cannon, T.D.

Minister of State

Department of Education & Skills

Payment Type

Amount

Drivers Remuneration (including Employer’s PRSI) March 2011 to March 2013

€149,390.00

Drivers Subsistence Expenses March 2011 to March 2013

€21,089.00

Ministerial Mileage/Travel Expenses March 2011 to March 2013

€36,707.00

TOTAL

€207,186.00