Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Ceisteanna (609, 610, 611, 612)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

623 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Defence the number of times Defence Forces helicopters were used to transport Government Ministers in Ireland for 2011 and to date in 2012 in tabular form. [34892/12]

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Dara Calleary

Ceist:

625 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Defence the pick-up point and destination, the person or persons carried on board and the cost relating to each of the trips in 2011 and to date in 2012 in which Defence Forces helicopters were used to transport Government Ministers here in tabular form. [34894/12]

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Dara Calleary

Ceist:

626 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Defence the use by Government Ministers of the Government jet or other aircraft in 2011 and to date in 2012; the person or persons carried, the pick up point and destination and the estimated cost for each journey in tabular form;; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34895/12]

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Dara Calleary

Ceist:

627 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Defence the estimated cost of flying a helicopter on Government business per hour; and if he will compare this to the comparable charges from commercial companies in tabular form. [34896/12]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 623, 625 to 627, inclusive, together.

The Ministerial Air Transport Service (MATS) is primarily provided by the Gulfstream IV and Learjet 45 aircraft, which were specifically acquired for that purpose. The CASA maritime patrol aircraft have been used infrequently for Ministerial Air Transport missions where no MATS aircraft has been available for operational or technical reasons. Helicopters have also been used on occasion for Ministerial Air Transport in situations where, for operational reasons, fixed wing aircraft may not have been available or suitable for a particular mission.

Details of usage of the Ministerial Air Transport Service for 2011 to date in 2012 are set out in the tabular statement attached, and include details of the requesting Minister(s), dates of travel, mission route and Ministerial time on board.

My Department follows the normal practice in the aviation business of costing aircraft by reference to the cost per flying hour under each of two headings:

The direct cost, which includes costs which are additional to those associated with having the aircraft and which only arise when the aircraft is flown including maintenance, fuel and support services such as catering costs, cleaning services and airport handling charges.

The total cost, which is the direct cost plus the costs associated with having the aircraft including depreciation and personnel costs.

Details of the hourly costs under each heading, which are applicable to both 2011 and 2012, for each aircraft are contained in the tabular statement below:

Average Direct Cost Per Hour €

Average Total Cost Per Hour €

Gulfstream

3,270

3,790

Learjet

1,940

4,200

CASA

2,800

4,210

AW139

1,410

3,410

It is important to note that these are average costs which take a number of variables into account. It is not possible to assign an exact cost to any particular mission.

My Department does not have comparable charges from commercial helicopter companies as my Department has no requirement to use commercial helicopters.

GULFSTREAM IV (From 1 January 2011 to date)

Date

Return Date

Ministerial Time On Board (Minutes)

Route

Minister

04/02/2011

04/02/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach / MOS Foreign Affairs

10/03/2011

12/03/2011

185

Baldonnel — Brussels — Knock — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

15/03/2011

18/03/2011

825

Baldonnel — Washington — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach / Tánaiste Foreign Affairs

24/03/2011

25/03/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

12/04/2011

12/04/2011

200

Baldonnel — Luxembourg — Baldonnel

Tánaiste Foreign Affairs / Justice and Equality / MOS Foreign Affairs and Trade

17/04/2011

18/04/2011

120

Baldonnel — Northolt — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

04/05/2011

06/05/2011

810

Baldonnel — Teteboro — White Plains — Teteboro — Knock — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

09/06/2011

10/06/2011

200

Baldonnel — Luxembourg — Baldonnel

Justice and Equality

19/06/2011

19/06/2011

100

Baldonnel — Luxembourg — Baldonnel

Tánaiste Foreign Affairs and Trade

21/06/2011

22/06/2011

300

Baldonnel — Vienna — Baldonnel

Tánaiste Foreign Affairs and Trade

20/06/2011

20/06/2011

120

Baldonnel — Northolt — Stansted — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach / Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

23/06/2011

24/06/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach / MOS Taoiseach

21/07/2011

21/07/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach / MOS Taoiseach

25/09/2011

26/09/2011

420

Baldonnel — Algiers — Oran — Baldonnel

Agriculture, Food and the Marine

29/09/2011

30/09/2011

330

Baldonnel — Warsaw — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

12/10/2011

13/10/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach / Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

22/10/2011

23/10/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Dublin

An Taoiseach / MOS Taoiseach

06/11/2011

07/11/2011

455

Baldonnel — Moscow — Baldonnel

Tánaiste Foreign Affairs and Trade

16/11/2011

16/11/2011

275

Baldonnel — Berlin — Frankfurt — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

30/11/2011

30/11/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Defence

07/12/2011

07/12/2011

345

Baldonnel — Vilnius — Baldonnel

Tánaiste Foreign Affairs and Trade

09/12/2011

09/12/2011

90

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach / MOS Taoiseach

12/01/2012

12/01/2012

120

Baldonnel — Northolt — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

25/01/2012

27/01/2012

240

Baldonnel — Zurich — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

30/01/2012

30/01/2012

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach / MOS Taoiseach

08/02/2012

09/02/2012

790

Baldonnel — Teteboro — Whiteplains — Teteboro — Dublin

An Taoiseach / Enterprise / Trade and Innovation

15/02/2012

17/02/2012

835

Baldonnel — Teteboro — White Plains — Teteboro — Boston — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

23/02/2012

24/02/2012

385

Baldonnel — Berlin — Rome — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

29/02/2012

02/03/2012

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach / Finance / MOS Taoiseach

15/03/2012

21/03/2012

1050

Baldonnel — Chicago — Southbend — Whiteplains — Washington — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

12/03/2012

12/03/2012

120

Baldonnel — Northolt — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

26/04/2012

27/04/2012

200

Baldonnel — Luxembourg — Baldonnel

Agriculture, Food and the Marine / Justice and Equality

23/05/2012

24/05/2012

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach /Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs and Trade)

11/06/2012

14/06/2012

840

Baldonnel — Yerevan — Tbilisi — Batumi — Baku — Baldonnel

Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs and Trade)

22/06/2012

22/06/2012

185

Baldonnel — Edinburgh — Cork — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach / Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

25/06/2012

25/06/2012

200

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs and Trade)

28/06/2012

29/06/2012

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach, Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs and Trade), MOS Taoiseach

LEARJET 2011(From 1 January 2011 to date)

Date

Return Date

Ministerial Time On Board (Minutes)

Route

Minister

17/01/2011

17/01/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance

14/02/2011

15/02/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance

01/03/2011

01/03/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

13/03/2011

14/03/2011

230

Baldonnel — Shannon — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance / Environment, Community and Local Government

21/03/2011

21/03/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance / MOS Foreign Affairs

07/04/2011

09/04/2011

330

Baldonnel — Budapest — Baldonnel

Finance

16/05/2011

17/05/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance / MOS Taoiseach

20/05/2011

20/05/2011

80

Baldonnel — Cork — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach

07/06/2011

07/06/2011

100

Baldonnel — Luxembourg — Baldonnel

Agriculture, Food and the Marine

11/07/2011

12/07/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance

15/09/2011

17/09/2011

290

Baldonnel — Wroclaw — Baldonnel

Finance

22/09/2011

23/09/2011

360

Baldonnel — Brussels — Wroclaw — Brussels — Baldonnel

Defence / Justice and Equality

03/10/2011

04/10/2011

200

Baldonnel — Luxembourg — Baldonnel

Finance

21/10/2011

22/10/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance

26/10/2011

26/10/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach / MOS Taoiseach

07/11/2011

08/11/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance

24/11/2011

25/11/2011

280

Baldonnel — Poznan — Baldonnel

Public Expenditure and Reform

29/11/2011

30/11/2011

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance

11/01/2012

12/01/2012

300

Baldonnel — Vienna — Baldonnel

Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs and Trade)

18/01/2012

18/01/2012

250

Baldonnel — Berlin — Baldonnel

Finance

23/01/2012

24/01/2012

250

Baldonnel — Brussels — Frankfurt — Baldonnel

Finance

26/01/2012

29/01/2012

725

Baldonnel — Naples — Tel Aviiv — Naples — Baldonnel

Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs and Trade)

09/02/2012

09/02/2012

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance

20/02/2012

21/02/2012

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

MOS Finance

24/02/2012

24/02/2012

385

Baldonnel — Tunis — Baldonnel

Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs and Trade)

08/03/2012

09/03/2012

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Environment, Community and Local Government

12/03/2012

13/03/2012

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance

29/03/2012

30/03/2012

240

Baldonnel — Copenhagen — Baldonnel

Finance

23/04/2012

23/04/2012

200

Baldonnel — Luxembourg — Baldonnel

Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs and Trade)

01/05/2012

02/05/2012

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance

06/05/2012

07/05/2012

330

Baldonnel — Warsaw — Baldonnel

Finance

14/05/2012

15/05/2012

180

Baldonnel — Brussels — Baldonnel

Finance

21/06/2012

22/06/2012

200

Baldonnel — Luxembourg — Baldonnel

Finance

CASA (From 1 January 2011 to date)

Date

Return Date

Ministerial Time On Board (Minutes)

Route

Minister

27/10/2011

27/10/2011

330

Baldonnel — Luxembourg — Baldonnel

Justice and Equality

AW139 (From 1 January 2011 to date)

Date

Return Date

Aircraft

Min. Time On Board

Route

Minister

10/02/2011

10/02/2011

AW139

125

Baldonnel — Tullamore — Cork Airport — Baldonnel

An Taoiseach