Written answers

Tuesday, 17 May 2005

9:00 pm

Paul McGrath (Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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Question 218: To ask the Minister for Transport if there are a number of vacancies within the driver testing section of his Department; if so, the number of such vacancies; the length of time these vacancies have existed; if these vacancies have been advertised; if so, when and the way and areas in which they have been advertised; the lost through-put of driver tests due to these vacancies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16015/05]

Photo of Jack WallJack Wall (Kildare South, Labour)
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Question 223: To ask the Minister for Transport, further to his recent announcement regarding the employment of driver testers, the way in which this person (details supplied) will apply for such positions; the criteria applied; the mechanism for recruitment; the number of positions being filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16103/05]

Photo of Martin CullenMartin Cullen (Minister, Department of Transport; Waterford, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 218 and 223 together.

Driver tester numbers are part of the overall numbers in the Department and are arranged accordingly. They comprise both permanent and contract staff. Vacancies have arisen at different times over the past few years and up to as recently as 30 April 2005. It is proposed to advertise eight contract posts shortly. Each tester would be expected to undertake approximately 1,500 tests each year.

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