Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Ministerial Travel

8:00 pm

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail)
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Question 77: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the rate of travel expense that is mileage paid for use of his private cars; the rate of subsistence payments and any other allowances available to him and his Ministers of State in the course if their appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17241/11]

Photo of Eamon GilmoreEamon Gilmore (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Dún Laoghaire, Labour)
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There are two Ministers of State attached to my Department who are entitled to motor mileage allowance in respect of the use of their cars on travel related to their office. The applicable mileage rates are set by the Department of Finance. The current rates are as follows:

Official Motor Travel in a calendar yearEngine Capacity up to 1200ccEngine Capacity 1201cc to 1500ccEngine capacity 1501cc to 2000ccEngine capacity 2001cc and over
0-4000 miles62.94cent74.42 cent95.05 cent114.06 cent
4001 miles up to maximum limit of 60,000 miles34.13 cent38.00 cent45.79 cent54.95 cent

Subsistence allowances are also set by the Department of Finance. The current overnight subsistence allowance for domestic travel for Ministers and Ministers of State is €72.66 plus the vouched cost of a hotel room (including tax and up to 15% service charge). The current day rates are €33.61 (for travel of more than 10 hours) and €13.71 (for travel of 5 to 10 hours).

Where Ministers or Ministers of State travel abroad they may claim the vouched cost of a hotel room and up to 15% service charge plus the applicable A civil service conference rate for the destination in question increased by 1/3, with the exception of the USA and Canada, where it is increased by 1/2.

There are no other allowances currently payable by my Department in respect of Ministers and Ministers of State.

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