Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (126)

Niall Collins

Question:

126. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the method used to calculate the cost of ministerial transport in 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date in 2013. [35914/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

In response to the Deputy’s question, since the formation of my Department, the new method of calculating annual costs of ministerial transport is being used. In relation to the use of my car for ministerial travel under this scheme, the total cost in 2012 amounted to €100,974.20. This cost includes mileage (which is to cover car related expenses), the salaries paid to civilian drivers, travel and subsistence paid to the drivers and Employer PRSI contributions in respect of the two drivers. This amount is significantly below the €280,000 average annual cost under the previous domestic ministerial transport regime for each Minister.