Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (375)

Niall Collins

Question:

375. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of credit cards issued to Ministers and officials working in her 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 she will make a statement on the matter. [52398/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

A total of 3 departmental credit cards are currently in use by officials working in my Department.  

There was €10 bank interest paid on credit cards in 2018.  No bank interest was paid on credit cards in the years 2016, 2017 and 2019.

The Credit Card Usage Policy outlines the controls in place to monitor the issuing of, and the expenditure on, the cards. Each credit cardholder signs this policy, agreeing to abide by the rules outlined in the Policy, before the credit card is issued to them.  

The following table below details the amount spent on credit cards in each year since 2016:

Year

Expenditure

2016

€8,532

2017

€12,071

2018

€13,143

2019 ytd

€23,270