Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Ceisteanna (597)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

597. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health the total cost of ministerial transport in his Department in 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date in 2013; the number of drivers employed in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30555/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Minister for Health and the Ministers of State are all required to use their own cars. The total cost of Ministerial transport in my Department since 2010 and the number of drivers employed is detailed in the tables following.

Total cost of Ministerial Transport

2010

2011

2012

To date in 2013

€241,154.36

€243,132.40

€239,439.41

€156,154.56

Number of drivers employed

2010

2011

2012

To date in 2013

4

8

6

6

My Department was not responsible for paying the cost of Garda drivers and State cars etc. under previous arrangements in place in 2010. However, on 25th April 2012 my colleague, Mr Noonan, T.D., Minister for Finance, in response to a Parliamentary Question, indicated that the average cost of transport for Ministers under that previous arrangement was €280,000 per annum per Minister. This appears to be significantly more expensive than current arrangements.