Dáil Éireann - Volume 446 - 02 November, 1994

Written Answers. - Government Jet.

17. Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Defence the plans, if any, he has to create an expenditure subhead for use of the Government jet in the estimates for his Department for 1995. [2038/94]

20. Mr. Rabbitte asked the Minister for Defence the cost per flying hour of the Gulfstream 4 and Beechcraft aircraft taking account of capital costs, maintenance costs, personnel costs and fuel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2613/94]

Minister for Defence (Mr. Andrews): I propose to take Question Nos. 17 and 20 together.

Expenditure arising from the operation of Air Corps aircraft, including [1486] the Government jet, is charged to the appropriate subheads of the Defence Estimate. These subheads include subheads B and C in respect of Air Corps personnel costs and subhead T in regard to fuel. This practice has proved to be satisfactory in the past and I have no plans to alter the existing arrangements.

The estimated flying costs are £670 per hour and £250 per hour in respect of the Gulfstream IV and Beechcraft aircraft respectively.