Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Ceisteanna (276, 277)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

276. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the cost of telephones and ICT provided to constituency offices including monthly phone bills of Ministers and Ministers of State in his Department since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12407/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Robert Troy

Ceist:

277. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if any additional costs other than telephones, ICT and monthly phone bills are being paid to constituency offices by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12425/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Jobs)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 276 and 277 together.

The ICT needs of my constituency office located in my Department’s Kildare Street office are met from a pool of equipment and software created to meet business needs across my Department. Records of costs would therefore relate to batches of items procured by my Department rather than individual items specifically used by my office. The majority of the ICT equipment provided to the constituency offices of the Ministers of State in my Department was supplied by the Oireachtas. Therefore, my Department has no records in relation to that equipment. My Department has provided one laptop each to these offices. These laptops were supplied from a pool of shared laptops created to meet the business needs of my Department. Records of costs would therefore relate to batches of items procured by my Department rather than individual items specifically supplied to those offices. One second hand photocopier was moved from a previous Minister’s office to one constituency office.

The costs paid by my Department for telephony services to my constituency office and those of the Ministers of State in my Department are set out in the tabular statement below. The costs for telephones for constituency offices based in the main Department building cannot be identified separately.

Period

Total costs

Minister Richard Bruton

March 2011 to date

€0

Minister John Perry

March 2011 to date

€10,146.93

Minister Seán Sherlock

March 2011 to date

€ 7, 642.31

No additional costs are being paid to Constituency Offices by my Department.