Dáil Éireann - Volume 489 - 31 March, 1998

Written Answers. - Ministerial Staff.

99. Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for Public Enterprise if she will give details of all severance payments, statutory redundancy payments, payments for untaken leave and minimum notice payments made to all ministerial personal staff, programme managers, special advisers, personal assistants, personal secretaries and civilian drivers arising from the change of Government in 1997. [7926/98]

100. Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for Public Enterprise the number of days of untaken leave for all ministerial personal staff, programme managers, special advisers, personal assistants, personal secretaries and civilian drivers arising from the change of Government in 1997; the contractual obligations on these staff for the keeping of leave sheets; if leave sheets were kept in accordance with their contracts; if the staff complied with the usual Civil Service conditions regarding the granting of annual leave and the making of returns of annual leave taken; and, if not, the way in which untaken leave was verified in each case. [7940/98]

Minister for Public Enterprise (Mrs. O'Rourke): I propose to take Questions Nos. 99 and 100 together.

Details of untaken leave and payments made to ministerial personal staff, programme managers, special advisers, personal assistants, personal secretaries and civilian drivers in this Department arising from the change of Government in 1997 follow.

There were no specific references in their contracts regarding obligations to keep leave sheets. The recording of annual leave is decentralised in the Department and the relevant private secretaries verified the untaken leave in these cases.

Position

Severance Pay

Statutory Redundancy Payment

Untaken Leave Pay

Untaken Annual Leave (Days)

Minimum Notice Pay

£

£

£

£

Special Adviser to Minister of State

None

None

4,932.10

74

238.34

Personal Secretary to Minister of State

3,427.60

584.25

934.80

24

389.50

Personal Assistant to Minister of State

3,317.77

698.68

995.25

25

398.10

Civilian Driver - Minister of State

4,648.60

1,314.65

3,155.40

60

525.86

Civilian Driver - Minister of State

4,648.60

1,314.65

3,155.40

60

525.86

Special Adviser to Minister

5,895.00

600

4,454.64

46

1,355.70

Programme Manager for the Minister

None

None

1,603.35

15

289.99

Personal Secretary to the Minister

None

None

1,195.80

15

99.76

[567] Payments made to the Minister of State's personal staff includes payment in respect of the period they served with the Minister of State during his time as Minister of State in the Department of Environment under the Fianna Fáil/Labour coalition.

The press adviser to the previous Minister has been re-employed by me under a new contract and therefore was not entitled to any payment other than payment in lieu of annual leave for 15 days which amounted to £1,675.05.

101. Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for Public Enterprise the details of all severance payments, statutory redundancy payments, payments for untaken leave and minimum notice payments made to any ministerial programme managers, special advisers, personal assistants, personal secretaries and civilian drivers who resigned before the change of Government in 1997; if these payments were provided for in their contracts or were legally claimable; and, if not, the reasons the payments were made. [7954/98]

Minister for Public Enterprise (Mrs. O'Rourke): The situation regarding those whose contracts terminated contemporaneously with the change of Government in 1997 is set out in my reply to Questions No. 99 and 100 of today's date.

All such staff resigned at the time the Government changed in 1997. None resigned in advance of the change.

102. Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for Public Enterprise if any ministerial programme managers, special advisers, personal assistants, personal secretaries and civilian drivers received severance, statutory redundancy, untaken leave or minimum notice payments in 1994 arising from the change of Government; and if they also received similar payments in 1997 arising either from their resignation or from the change of Government. [7968/98]

Minister of Public Enterprise (Mrs. O'Rourke): The personal assistant and personal secretary to the previous Minister of State at this Department did receive payments in respect of untaken annual leave in 1994 arising from the change of Government at that time.

Following the change of Government in 1997, they received severance pay, statutory redundancy payments, minimum notice payments and pay in lieu of untaken annual leave.