Written answers

Thursday, 17 February 2005

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Departmental Credit Cards

5:00 pm

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Question 140: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform 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. [5497/05]

Photo of Michael McDowellMichael McDowell (Dublin South East, Progressive Democrats)
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As I stated in my reply to the Deputy's previous question on this matter, six Visa and 23 American Express credit cards are used in my Department. I have outlined the general categories of expenditure for which these cards are used, the conditions attaching to their use and, in the case of Visa cards, by whom they are used. Expenditure incurred on the credit cards is accounted for under various subheads on the Justice Vote and cannot be separately identified. Therefore, to provide the information sought, approximately 850 credit card statements over the period in question would have to be individually examined. I have indicated to the Deputy that I consider such an exercise would be an unwarranted and disproportionate use of staff and other resources.


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