Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
177. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the ministerial transport costs for the years 2010 to 2013, inclusive, for each Minister and Minister of State in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44889/14]
My Department has spent €130,946, €168,083, €220,469 and €215,514 on Ministerial transport arrangements in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 , respectively.
In line with Government policy, I do not use a state car. My Department employs two civilian drivers for driving duties in my own car in line with approved arrangements.
The same arrangements were in place for my predecessor and the salary and subsistence payments of his drivers, together with the mileage costs paid to him are included in the above figures. The above figures also include similar costs, including the costs of two drivers, for former Ministers of State during those periods.
Transport costs under the previous scheme of Garda drivers and State cars for Ministers in the years 2010 and 2011 (part) are a matter for the Department of Justice and Equality.