Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (232)

Clare Daly


232. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Finance if he will compare the cost of the outsourcing of cleaning and security in his Department, as opposed to direct recruitment; and if he will justify this increased cost against the backdrop of the pursuance of savings and efficiencies. [24515/13]

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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.