Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Department of Foreign Affairs
Question 194: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs the amount of money, under each heading, spent by him on refreshments for meetings and functions, including sandwiches, tea and coffee, and bottled water, in 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010, in tabular form; the name of the company used to supply the refreshments and its address; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46915/10]
Light refreshments, such as tea and coffee, are provided at certain meetings and functions held in Iveagh House, and come from the stocks centrally purchased by my Department's Protocol Division.
Details of expenditure by Protocol Division on tea, coffee and bottled water, including the relevant service provider, are included in the table below. It has not been possible in the time available to provide all the information requested.
The majority of the refreshments included in the table are used for official hospitality at my Department which is instrumental to the ongoing efforts to promote a positive perception of Ireland internationally and to further strengthen and develop links with other countries with a view to advancing our values and economic interests.
My Department is very conscious of the need to achieve value for money on expenditure in this area and, as with all expenditure, appropriate financial controls and regulations are in place.
|Bewley's Ltd.Northern Cross, Malahide Road, Dublin 17.Pallas Foods Ltd.Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.||Tea||€1,058.57||€409.16||€812.82|
|G. Elliott & Sons Ltd.4/10 Camden Row, Dublin 8.Java Republic Roasting Co.The Roastery, 510 Mitchelstown Road, Northwest Business Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15.Viking DirectUnit 35, Rosemount Business Park,Dublin 11.||Coffee||€4,882.99||€3852.93||€5401.10|
|De Braam Trading Ltd.Fordstown, Rathmolyon, Co. Meath.G. Elliott & Sons Ltd.4/10 Camden Row, Dublin 8.||Bottled water||€4,149.26||€5,157.41||€3445.92|