Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (155)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

284 Mr. Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Finance the amount his Department paid out in 2003 for car mileage expenses; and the separate amount paid to cover rail or bus ticket expenses. [3175/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Finance)

The amount paid out from my Department's Vote in 2003 in respect of car mileage expenses was €94,945.01. The amount paid out in the period 1 May to 31 December 2003 in respect of rail and bus ticket expenses was €3,507.36. In the time available, it would not be possible to provide the detailed rail and bus ticket expenses figure for the first four months of 2003, because this information is held on an older accounts system and an extensive manual exercise would be required to extract it. However, it would be reasonable to assume that the pattern of expenditure for the first four months of 2003 was broadly similar to that during the last eight months of 2003. Using that as a base, the figure for the year 2003 would be about €5,300. If the Deputy wishes to have the detailed calculations made he can communicate directly with my Department and the necessary work will be undertaken as soon as possible.