Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (314)

Niall Collins


314. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of credit cards issued to Ministers and officials working in his Department; the amount spent on credit cards in each year since 2016; the bank interest paid on credit cards in each year since 2016; the controls in place to monitor the issuing of and the expenditure on the cards; the controls in place in each agency to monitor expenditure on personally held credit card bills that are subsequently used to recoup work-related expenses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52409/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

There are currently 88 credit cards issued in my Department. These Low Value Purchasing Cards comprise of two main accounts, one for Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport officials and one for the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG), which includes both Department officials and cards for use across all IRCG volunteer units around our coast.

The total amount spent on these cards each year since 2016 is as follows:

In 2016 - €275,601.63

In 2017 - €247,903.22

In 2018 - €224,671.04

In 2019, up to 30/11 - €202,302.88

There has been no bank interest paid on these credit cards during this time. The controls to monitor the issuing of, and the expenditure on, the cards are set out in the Department’s Low Value Purchase Card Usage Policy and the Department’s Internal Financial Controls procedures (PIFCO).

Within the Department, work-related expenses are recouped through the Core Expense System and our Financial Management System on foot of fully receipted claims, which may include copies of personal credit card statements showing any relevant recoupable transactions.

With regard to agencies, this is a matter for the agencies themselves. I have forwarded your request to the agencies under the remit of the Department for direct reply to you. If you do not receive a reply within 10 working days please contact my office.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A