Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (80)

Niall Collins

Question:

80. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Finance the method used to calculate the cost of ministerial transport in 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date in 2013. [35913/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

In response to the Deputy’s Question as an from 1 May 2011 all Cabinet Ministers with the exception of the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Justice and Equality now use their own cars on official business. Prior to this date transport for Ministers was provided via the Department of Justice and Equality. The annual estimated costs as per the Department of Justice and Equality for the provision of Ministerial transport was approximately €280,000 per annum. In relation to the use of my car for Ministerial travel, the total cost has been €272,461 for the period 01 May 2011 to date in 2013. This cost includes mileage ( which is to cover car related expenses) of €41,906, the salaries paid to two civilian drivers inclusive of Employer PRSI contributions which amounted to €170,094 and travel and subsistence paid to the drivers of €60,461. This amount is significantly below estimated annual cost under the previous domestic Ministerial transport regime for each Minister.