Written answers

Thursday, 17 February 2005

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Departmental Credit Cards

5:00 pm

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Question 71: To ask the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, further to the reply of 27 January 2005 in respect of the use of credit cards in his Department, the total expenditure involved and the various transactions covered by credit card payment during the period in question; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5483/05]

Photo of Noel DempseyNoel Dempsey (Minister, Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources; Meath, Fianna Fail)
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It has not been possible to prepare a comprehensive response in the time available. To provide details of all transactions on all cards during the period in question requires the collation, transcription and checking of an enormous amount of data. Officials in the Department are currently investigating the optimal method of supplying the Deputy with the information requested, having regard to the inordinate amount of time involved in undertaking this exercise, the pressures on available resources within the Department and the format of records held by the credit card companies. As soon as the optimal method of provision has been determined, I will revert to the Deputy with the information requested.

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