Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (333)

Shane Cassells

Question:

333. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount spent on purchasing mobile telephones for staff in his Department for work-related business in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by grade; if his Department has a contract with a mobile telephone company (details supplied) to supply mobile telephones if needed; if so, the name of the company; the date on which the contract for the supply of mobile telephones to his Department is next due to expire; and the robust steps taken to ensure that the costs incurred on work related telephones are the best value for the taxpayer. [47924/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department awarded a Mobile Voice and Data contract to Vodafone in September 2016 procured through an Office of Government Procurement (OGP) Framework, using a Supplementary Response Framework Tender.  My Department is currently preparing to undertake a competitive tendering process in conjunction with the OGP again for our voice and data services, the contract for which is now due for renewal.

Met Éireann has a two-year drawn down contract in place with Three Ireland, under the OGP mobile phone services framework. The contract is due to expire on 31/10/2020 with an option to extend for a further two years.

The amounts spent on purchasing mobile phones for staff for work-related business in each of the years 2016 to date is as follows:

Expenditure on Mobile Phones

2016

2017

2018

2019

Total

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

€107,715

€20,050

€32,560

€28,050

€188,375

Met Éireann

€125

€0

€17,773

€9,486

€27,384

Historical information regarding the grade levels of mobile phone recipients is not available, however, the numbers of staff with mobile phones broken down by grades in 2019 are:

DHPLG

No.

Met Éireann

No.

Secretary General

1

Director

1

Assistant Secretary

6

Senior Meteorologist

8

Principal Officer

39

Principal Officer

1

Assistant Principal Officer

91

Principal Meteorological Officer

6

Administrative Officer

1

Meteorologist

12

Higher Executive Officer

19

Hydrometeorologist

4

Executive Officer

17

Assistant Principal Officer

2

Clerical Officer

2

Senior Meteorological Officer

12

Service Officer

10

Meteorological Officer

2

Accountant

1

Executive Officer

1

Architectural/Engineering

19

Clerical Officer

1

Building Standard Advisor

4

 

 

Housing Inspector

3

 

 

Quantity Surveyor

6

 

 

Senior Advisor

8

 

 

Principal Advisor

3

 

 

Planning Advisor

5

 

 

Legal Advisor

2

 

 

Fire Advisor

4

 

 

Scientific Policy Advisor

2

 

 

Geographical Information Officer

3

 

 

Auditor

8

 

 

Statistician

2

 

 

Private Secretary

4

 

 

Ministers

3

 

 

Personal Assistant

1

 

 

Ministers Advisor

2

 

 

Total

266

 

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