Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (537)

Niall Collins

Question:

537. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the total cost of ministerial transport in her Department in 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date 2013; the number of drivers employed in each year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30548/13]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

My Department was established on 2 June 2011. In line with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform guidelines on ministerial appointments, I employ two civilian drivers on a week on/week off basis to drive my private car on official business. Each driver receives €631.75 per week in respect of these duties and is not entitled to claim overtime. Civilian drivers are entitled to claim subsistence payments in respect of certified official travel at the appropriate Civil Service rates and under the regulations applying to such subsistence. The total costs of Ministerial transport which includes civilian driver salaries, travel and subsistence and the mileage claims in respect of the use of my personal car on official business since June 2011 is set out as follows:

YEAR

TOTAL TRANSPORT COSTS PAID

From June to end 2011

€53,221

2012

€86,669

To date 2013

€42,670