Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (510)

Robert Troy

Question:

510. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine 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. [12451/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The amounts spent by my Department in respect of the drivers of the private cars of the Ministers of State and I from 10 March 2011 to date and the mileage expenses paid are set out in the table.

Salary related Costs of the Drivers

Travel & Subsistence of Minister’s Drivers

Travel & Subsistence of Minister of State’s Drivers

Mileage Costs of the Minister

Mileage Costs of Minister of State

€329,029.79

€36,161.82

€13,415.12

€36,098.95

€31,152.57

The costs associated with the Ministers of State’s cars in 2010 amounted to €214,131.84, including severance and redundancy payments made to four civilian drivers.

The system for the provision of transport for Ministers changed from the use of official to private cars on the appointment of the Government in March 2011. The average annual cost of providing a state car under the previous administration in 2010 was €280,000.