Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Education and Skills

Ministerial Travel

8:00 pm

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail)
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Question 183: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills 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. [17238/11]

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
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As part of the new transport regime for Cabinet Ministers, as decided by Cabinet on 15 March 2011, I am subject to the normal civil service regulations and rates in respect travel and subsistence expenses as set out in Circular 11/82 (as amended by Circulars 22/2005 and 07/2009) with some exceptions which are listed below.

There are no other allowances payable to me or the Minister of State in respect of Travel and Subsistence or Salary being paid by the Department.

The exceptions include: An additional mileage rate in respect of engine capacity greater than 2001cc; Mileage in respect of which the allowance is paid is limited to 96,540 kilometres per year; A subsistence rate of €72.66 which is half the Civil Service Class A overnight rate of €108.99, increased by one-third. The vouched cost of a hotel room may also be included as part of the subsistence being claimed. Where meals are supplied the appropriate deductions are made from the subsistence claim. Where all meals are provided, no subsistence is due.

The rates applicable in respect of Travel and Subsistence Allowances are in the following table.

Travel Allowances:
Official Motor Travel in Calendar Year - Rates per KM effective 5th March 2009
Engine Capacity up to 1200ccEngine Capacity 1200cc to 1500ccEngine Capacity 1501cc to 2000ccEngine Capacity 2001cc and over
Up to 6437KM39.12 cent46.25 cent59.07 cent70.89 cent
6438KM and over21.22 cent23.62 cent28.46 cent34.15 cent
Reduced Travel Rates per KM*14.64 cent16.64 cent19.49 cent23.39 cent
*Conference / Training Course Attendance Mileage Rates
Subsistence Allowances:
Official Subsistence Rates in Calendar Year Rates 5th March 2009
Class A RateOvernight10 hours or more5 hours but less than 10 hours
Minister / Minister of State€72.66*33.6113.71
*Rate is calculated as half the Civil Service Class A overnight rate of €108.99, increased by one-third.
A claim may also be made in respect of the vouched cost of a hotel room (including tax and up to 15% service charge).

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