Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (492)

Niall Collins

Question:

492. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Defence the total costs of photography incurred by his Department in 2011, 2012 and to date 2013 in tabular form per event. [30566/13]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The total costs for photography paid by the Department in 2011, 2012 and 2013 to date is set out in the table below.

Date

Occasion

Company

Cost

25/3/2011

Ministerial File Portrait Package

Maxwell Photography

€393.25 (Including VAT)

9/11/2011

Launch of Winter Ready Campaign

Maxwell Photography

€849.42 (Including VAT)

21/11/2012

Launch of Winter Ready Campaign

Fennell Photography

€116.85 (including VAT)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, following an EU-level advertised procurement process, has established a Framework Agreement comprising five firms for the provision of photography services. The Framework was established in February 2012 and is open for use by all Government Departments and Offices. My Department avails of this Framework Agreement for photography needs.

I am satisfied that the usage and costs incurred in the hiring of photographers represents value for money. I remain committed to an overall policy of reducing costs and maximising efficiencies.