Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (145)

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

149 Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Defence the staffing levels of the private offices and constituency offices of Ministers and Ministers of State in his Department; the salary of each; the same figures for this time in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23170/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Defence)

The information requested by the Deputy is set out below:

Private Office Minister for Defence

Grade/Position

No.

Current Salary Scale

Higher Executive Officer

1

Higher Executive Officer standard scale €43,816-€55,415 (includes long service increments)

Executive Officer

1

Executive Officer standard scale €29,024-€45,616 (includes long service increments)

Staff Officer

1

Staff Officer €33,070-€43,906 (includes long service increments)

Clerical Officer

1

Clerical Officer PPC scale €23,177-€37,341 (includes long service increments)

These figures are unchanged since May 2011.

Constituency Office Minister for Defence

Grade/Position

No.

Current Salary Scale

Personal Assistant (Non-established)

1

Personal Assistant Scale €43,715-€56,060 (includes long service increments)

My constituency office is based at the Department of Justice and Law Reform. As Minister for Defence I did not engage any constituency staff until August 2011, when I engaged a personal assistant as set out above. Prior to my taking office in March 2011, the Private Office for the Minister for Defence had a staffing complement of 2 special advisors and 4 civil servants, and the Constituency Office had 8 staff.

The Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Defence, Deputy Paul Kehoe, has one Higher Executive Officer (Standard Scale) assigned as Private Secretary to his Department of Defence Private Office. The Higher Executive Officer Standard Scale is €43,816-€55,415 (including long service increments). The Minister of State does not have any staff from the Department of Defence in his constituency office. These figures are unchanged since May 2011.

The Higher Executive Officers assigned to my Private Office and to the Private Office of the Minister of State are also in receipt of a Private Secretary allowance of €19,653 per annum, in accordance with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform guidelines. My Private Office is responsible for providing administrative support to me in my capacity as Minister for Defence, including Government business and Cabinet papers, Parliamentary Questions, representations and managing correspondence from throughout the State and elsewhere, coordinating my diary and handling queries from members of the general public.