Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (374)

Robert Troy

Question:

374. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources 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. [12454/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The information requested by the Deputy on costs from March 2011 to date is outlined in the tables following.

Minister’s Car

Cost of Drivers to date (Includes Employer’s PRSI and expenses)

Mileage and other costs

€165,497

€23,272

Minister of State’s Car

Cost of Drivers to date (Includes Employer’s PRSI and expenses)

Mileage and other costs

€149,351

€29,836

My Department did not incur any Ministerial transport costs in 2010. In that year all Government Ministers were provided with a State car that was driven by a member of An Garda Síochána from a pool of gardaí, two of whom were assigned to the Minister at that time. The cost of this service was funded from the Vote of An Garda Síochána. In addition the Minister of State assigned to my Department in 2010 did not claim mileage in my Department. The decision to terminate state transport for Ministers (other than An Taoiseach, An Tánaiste and the Minister for Justice) has led to savings of 65% to the Exchequer.