Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Questions (75)

Joan Collins


75. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Finance further to a number of questions in relation to the amount spent by all Departments on outsourcing cleaning and security that were requested in the months of February from this Deputy, if he has costed the amount that would be saved by the Departments if this work was to be done through direct labour by the Departments; and if not, if he will initiate such an exercise and publicly release it within a timeframe. [29567/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

In response to the Deputy’s question my Department provides shared accommodation services to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Security services in respect of buildings occupied by staff of either Department are not outsourced. Cleaning services for buildings occupied by staff of both Departments are outsourced. My Department is in the process of completing a tender process in relation to the provision of cleaning and maintenance services to the Departments. As with the provision of all services achieving best value for money is Department’s main priority.

The tender prices on offer compare favourably when compared to the estimated costs such as wages, pension and other costs associated with recruiting sufficient staff to carry out the cleaning requirements in relation to buildings occupied by both Departments.

Expenditure on outsourced cleaning services in other Departments is a matter for each Department and is subject to oversight not by the Department of Finance but rather the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.