Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (308)

Robert Troy

Question:

308. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of credit cards issued to staff and Ministers in her Department; the total cost of each card since March 2011; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12483/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

There are currently four credit cards in use by officers of the Department and one by the Pensions Ombudsman who operates under the aegis of the Department and for whom the Department makes administrative payments. Details of the cards and the total expenditure on each card since 2009 are set out in the accompanying table:

Credit Card costs 2009 - 2013

Purpose of card

2009 (€)

2010 (€)

2011 (€)

2012 (€)

2013 to date (€)

1

Hire of rooms for Appeal hearings

61

21,960

92,855

124,883

12,639

2

Purchase of software

564

4,603

1,291

5,400

7,519

3

Ministerial expenditure

3,141

523

1,205

1,450

215

4

Purchase of training materials

929

563

942

5,050

31

5

Pensions Ombudsman expenditure

2,021

2,033

1,376

2,164

122

*6

Purchase of documentation and software.  Booking of flights on internet.

443

303

341

40

0

**7

Official entertainment in relation to EU International section.

6,039

105

2,943

0

0

Totals:

13,198

30,090

100,953

138,987

20,526

* This credit card was cancelled in 2012.

** This credit card was cancelled in 2011.

The costs for each credit card includes annual fees and government stamp duty. Stamp duty is currently €30.00 per year on each card and the annual fee is €75.00 per card for American Express and €31.00 for Visa. The credit cards are managed so as to minimise fees and charges.