Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Questions (270)

Niall Collins

Question:

270. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the photography costs for his Department in each of the years March 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used in tabular form; if there is a policy in his Department regarding the booking of photographers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50575/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department's policy is that the Department's Press Office generally provides photographic services when required.  However, on occasions a service provider is selected from the OGP panel in line with the procurement framework. No photography costs have been incurred from the Ministerial allowance available to me.

The information requested by the Deputy on expenditure since 2011 has previously been provided in response to Questions No 2875 of 23 July 2019. There have been two occasions since 24 July 2019 when professional photographers were used and the details are set out in the following table.

Occasion

Cost €

Photographer

Receipt by the Department of the Award for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) under the ISO 140012015 International Standard

264.45

Maxwell Photography Ltd

File photographs of Government Offices in Ballina for use in publications

216.82

Lafayette Graduation Services