Dáil Éireann - Volume 671 - 17 December, 2008

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the amount of money spent on hotel accommodation by his Department and each State agency [286] under the aegis of his Department for each of the years 2004 to date in 2008; if he will provide the information available in tabular readable form. [46684/08]

Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the procurement arrangements in place in his Department and each State agency under the aegis of his Department for the sourcing of hotel accommodation for him, for his Departmental staff and staff at each State agency, when overnight accommodation is necessary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46699/08]

  Deputy Dermot Ahern: I propose to take Questions Nos. 310 and 311 together.

I wish to inform the Deputy that the information requested in respect of hotel accommodation costs incurred by staff in my Department on official business is not separately identifiable because it forms part of the total travel and subsistence expenditure.

As a general principle, competitive accommodation rates are sourced where possible by staff in my Department. In addition, for the past two years, my Department has engaged the services of a company which specialises in sourcing and procuring hotel accommodation at competitive rates. There is no charge for this service to the Department.