Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (408)

Eamon Ryan

Ceist:

538 Mr. Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the amount her Department paid out in 2003 for car mileage expenses; and the separate amount paid to cover rail or bus ticket expenses. [3186/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Family)

There is a significant level of travel expenditure in my Department's budget, arising from the dispersed nature of my Department's services and,inter alia, the fact that a considerable level of investigative work must be carried out in the course of delivering the Department's services. The total amount paid out in 2003 by my Department in respect of home travel expenses in 2003 was €1,868,638. This amount includes car mileage, bus-train fares and miscellaneous costs; these expenses are not recorded separately.