Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (458, 459)

Robert Troy

Question:

458. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost of telephones and ICT provided to constituency offices including monthly telephone bills of Ministers and Ministers of State in his Department since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12408/13]

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Robert Troy

Question:

459. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if any additional costs other than telephones, ICT and monthly phone bills are being paid to constituency office by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12426/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 458 and 459 together.

I can inform the Deputy that I have no external constituency office but I have established one in the Department of Justice and Equality. It is not possible to disaggregate costs including telephone costs from other data for the period in question. IT assets deployed in this office are from existing stock so no additional costs are therefore incurred. Staff in the office use the Department's IT Shared Service and are supported in the same manner as the other users of that service.

I can also inform the Deputy that my Department does not supply any equipment or pay any of the day to day costs incurred in the constituency office of Ms. Kathleen Lynch, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality and Mental Health. The Minister of State does not have a constituency office within my Department.