Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (375)

Eamon Ryan


505 Mr. Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount his Department paid out in 2003 for car mileage expenses; and the separate amount paid to cover rail or bus ticket expenses. [3183/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

My Department paid €1,911,624 in respect of mileage expenses in 2003. A further amount of €94,720 was expended on bus, rail and related expenses, for example, taxi fares and car parking fees. A separate figure is not available for bus and rail expenses; systems are being put in place which will enable my Department to provide details of such expenditure from 2004.

My Department also operates a travel pass scheme for staff under which they purchase an annual bus or rail pass in a tax efficient manner approved by the Revenue Commissioners; some 244 staff avail of this.