Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (375)

Robert Troy


375. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of credit cards issued to staff and Ministers in his Department and the total costs of each card since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12473/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

In total, there are three credit cards held in my Department since March 2011. The cards are held by the Minister, Private Secretary to the Minister and the Private Secretary to the Minister of State.

The use of cards provides for the efficient management of payments, but all use is subject to the overriding objective of economy and efficiency, full compliance with travel and subsistence rules, value for money and compliance with rules and expenditure limits on hospitality. Total expenditure over the two year period on each of the cards was €1,625.98, €5,440.62 and €3,664.18 respectively.