Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (514)

Niall Collins

Question:

514. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the total cost of ministerial transport in his Department in 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date 2013; the number of drivers employed in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30546/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The total cost of Ministerial transport in my Department from 2010 to date, along with the number of civilian drivers employed in each year is set out in the table.

Year

No. of Civilian drivers

Total Ministerial transport costs €

2010

6

207,336.13

2011

6

196,144.10

2012

4

224,844.89

2013

4

79,241.83

The costs include all payments made to civilian drivers and the mileage expenses of the Ministers of State during the period concerned and to myself since March 2011. Foreign travel costs are not included. 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.