Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Jonathan O'Brien (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
Question 508: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality, further to Parliamentary Question No. 187 of 14 December 2011, the costs of running overseas visa offices as requested. [7776/12]
Alan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
As advised in my answer to Parliamentary Question 187 of 14 December 2011 there are currently six overseas offices in operation run by staff members of my Department. These are located in Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Beijing, London, Moscow and New Delhi. Visa fee income in respect of the 46,500 visas processed in the offices in question in 2011 was approximately €2.3m. Precise figures in respect of the operational costs are not yet available, but when the relevant staffing costs are discounted - as staff salary costs are incurred in any event - these costs are likely to be close to the fee income.