Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (583, 585, 586, 587)

Robert Troy

Question:

583. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health the costs of providing telephone in the homes of Ministers and Ministers of State in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12387/13]

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Robert Troy

Question:

585. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health the cost of telephones and ICT provided to the 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. [12406/13]

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Robert Troy

Question:

586. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if any additional costs other than telephones, ICT and monthly telephone bills are being paid to constituency office by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12424/13]

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Robert Troy

Question:

587. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health the number of mobile phones in use by him and Junior Minister and politically appointed staff; the total costs of the mobile phones since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12442/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 583, 585, 586 and 587 together.

The information requested by the Deputy is outlined below.

No telephones were provided in my home or the homes of the Ministers of State in my Department.

The Houses of the Oireachtas Service offers a managed IT support service for the constituency-based offices of Ministers and Ministers of State whereby ICT equipment is supplied to Ministers and the assets so supplied are retained by the Oireachtas.

In addition to this, two of my constituency staff were supplied with laptops by my Department to a total value of €1850.15. These devices are retained on my Department’s asset register.

A Constituency function operates as an adjunct to Minister of State White’s Office, as it has done for a number of his predecessors. As the office is in Hawkins House, my Department equips it. Since March 2011, two PCs were provided to the office, as part of the normal departmental upgrade of its infrastructure, at a total cost of €852.40. These assets are retained on my Department’s asset register.

Additional software licences, to a total value of €640 approximately, were supplied by my Department to Minister of State Shortall’s Constituency staff, while she was in office.

The information requested by the Deputy regarding the cost of telephones bills in constituency offices is set out in tabular statement.

Name

Date (from March, 2011)

Amount

Minister James Reilly

Bills from March, 2011 to December, 2011 paid directly by Constituency Office. This amount was refunded by Department.

€1680.46

January 2012

€167.42

February, 2012

€163.12

March, 2012

€221.16

April, 2012

€108.77

May, 2012

€208.51

June, 2012

€47.15

July, 2012

€108.33

August, 2012

€52.26

September, 2012

€51.51

October, 2012

€108.33

November, 2012

€47.17

December, 2012

€52.34

January, 2013

€51.51

February, 2013

€51.47

March, 2013

€51.94

TOTAL

€3243.45

Name

Date (from March 2011)

Amount

Minister Kathleen Lynch

July, 2011 (inclusive of service connection charge of €545.61)

€1154.86

August, 2011

€439.99

September, 2011

€267.80

October, 2011

€371.82

November, 2011

€436.27

December, 2011

€425.73

January, 2012

€317.54

February, 2012

€435.62

March, 2012

€405.53

April, 2012

€349.09

May, 2012

€367.67

June, 2012

€343.55

July, 2012

€337.88

August, 2012

€308.07

September, 2012

€283.46

October, 2012

€322.26

November, 2012

€332.05

December, 2012

€345.99

January, 2013

€267.06

February, 2013

€347.49

March, 2013

€276.43

TOTAL

€8181.16

October, 2012

€75.39

Minister Alex White

Date (from March 2011)

Amount

November, 2012

€73.02

December, 2012

€73.35

January, 2013

€67.01

February, 2013

€73.35

March, 2013

€82.41

TOTAL

€371.18

The total number of mobile phones in use by myself, Ministers of State and politically appointed staff is nine. The total cost of mobile phone bills since March, 2011 is €19,381.44.