Dáil Éireann - Volume 558 - 27 November, 2002

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

  230. Mr. Allen asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the cost of running his Department's press office; the communication staff employed by his Department from July 1997 to 10 October 2002; and the type of issues dealt with by the consultancy firms employed. [23958/02]

  Minister for the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Cullen): The total cost of running the Department's press office from July 1997 to 10 October 2002, including temporary staff employed by my Department, is as follows:

Period

July to December 1997

120,947.31

1998

256,229.84

1999

228,271.29

2000

329,471.75

2001

406,183.99

January to October 2002

291,356.23

Since July a communications firm has been retained to provide advice and assistance on a range of interactions between the Department and the public and media. In addition, a number of firms are employed from time to time to promote awareness of important issues relating to my Department's function and to fulfill publicity and information requirements under Cohesion Fund regulations.

  The amount spent by my Department on the foregoing from July 1997 to date is as follows:

Period

July to December 1997

  627,730.97

1998

  723,038.38

1999

1,323,591.52

2000

2,388,437.26

2001

3,035,256.86

January to October 2002

3,044,188.29

The following table gives details of the issues involved:

Name

July to

December

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

Information leaflet on the formely rent controlled sector

     0.00

     0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Advertising and Promotion of Heritage Week

     0.00

      0.00

  55,566.00

 111,663.00

 106,973.00

Anti-Litter Awareness Campaign: Grants to Local Authorities for local awareness intiatives

378,381.95

444,408.33

 444,408,33

 496,467.59

 614,553.23

Anti-Litter Awareness Campaign: National Spring Clean

     0.00

 68,946.78

  86,342.19

 171,414.64

 228,552.85

Anti-Litter Awareness Campaign: Advertising, printing etc.

 92,690.00

 19,046.07

  19,046.07

  25,394.76

 223,473.90

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Name

July to

December

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

Provision of Advice and Assistance on the Department's Communication function

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Advertising in press of advice to public as to countermeasures in the event of a nuclear accident

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

  71,387.82

Operation of call centre for public enquires regarding National Nuclear Emergency Planning.

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Translating into Irish of national nuclear emergency planning Leaflet and Booklet

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Purchasing of data base of addressees for the circulation of National Nuclear Emergencies Planning Leaflet.

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

For enveloping of National Nuclear Emergency Planning Leaflet in respect of every household in Ireland for distribution to An Post.

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Recording Services for producing audio tape of National Nuclear Emergency Planning Leaflet

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

An Post for distribution of National Nuclear Emergency Planning leaflet to every household

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

–About the House Programme– financial contribution towards cost of RTE feature on Radon (radioactive gas) present in domestic dwellings

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

  12,697.38

Provision of advice and assistance in the arrangements relating to the publication of the new local government funding system

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Design of Coal Ban information Leaflets from 2000)

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

   6,360.37

Printing of Coal Ban Information Leaflets

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

  11,397.65

       0.00

National Climate Change Strategy-drifting of –Plain Guide–

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

   1,885.56

       0.00

Design of Climate Change Strategy –Plain Guide–

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

    507.00

       0.00

Printing of Climate Change Strategy –Plain Guide–

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

   4,532,96

       0.00

Printing of Unleaded Petrol Information Leaflets

     0.00

      0.00

   3,610.50

       0.00

       0.00

Postage of Unleaded Petrol Information Leaflets

     0.00

      0.00

  31,717.96

       0.00

       0.00

Translation of Unleaded Petrol Information Leaflets

     0.00

      0.00

    145.96

       0.00

       0.00

Design of Unleaded Petrol Information Poster

     0.00

      0.00

    465,52

       0.00

       0.00

Design of Coal Ban Information Leaflets

     0.00

  4,329.53

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Printing of Coal Ban Information Leaflets

     0.00

  4,892.58

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Postage of Coal Ban Information Leaflets

     0.00

  2,950.87

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Advertising in connection with the Register of Electors

 78,420.76

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Advertising in connection with the Draft Register of Electors and supplements <)–to the register, the referenda on the British-Irish Agreement and the Treaty of Amsterdam, and electronic v

     0.00

125.184.57

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Advertising in connection with the Draft Register of Electors and supplements to the register, and the June 1999 polls

     0.00

      0.00

  45,958.77

       0.00

       0.00

Advertising in connection with the Draft Register of Electors

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

  96,724.14

       0.00

Advertising in connection with the supplement to the register used at the Nice Treaty and associated referenda

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

  51,556.88

Advertising in connection with Register of Electors

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

 151,396.53

Publicity work on promotion of electronic voting including roadshow

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Advertising campaign to publicise the supplementary register used for referendum and general election 2002 and production of advertisements instructing the public on how to use electronic voting machine

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

[612][613]

Name

July to

December

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

Delivery of information leaflets regarding electronic voting at the general election and Nice referendum

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Provision of database used in distribution of information leaflets to electorate using electronic voting at general election and Nice Referendum

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Miscellaneous payments made to various companies in connection with the promotion of electronic voting

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Public Enviromental Awareness Campaigns

     0.00

      0.00

 508,916.10

1,342,029.35

1,331,886.03

Cohesion Fund Publicity Project: monitoring and management of activities by local authorities in relation to fulfillment of publicity and information requirements under Cohesion Fund Regulations

 26,037.22

 44,482.91

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Cohesion Fund Publicity Project: monitoring and management of activities by local authorities in relation to fulfillment of publicity and information requirements under Cohesion Fund Regulations

     0.00

      0.00

  64,037.97

 111,758.54

78,397.43

Reception in Dublin Castle on occasion of Disability Awareness Seminar and launch of Code of Practice for the Employment of People with Disabilities in the Local Authority Service

     0.00

      0.00

   2,123.64

       0.00

       0.00

Communications Campaign for the National Spatial Stategy

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

  13,323.51

 157,469.44

Newspaper advertisements informing public of revised Building Regulations -Part M, Access for People with Disabilities

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

   1,337.66

       0.00

Newspaper advertisements informing industry and the public of intention to amend Part L of Building Regulations and inviting comments

     0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

    579.00

Newspaper advertisements making the public and the industry aware of the Consultation Process for intended changes to Part M of the Building Regulations

      0.00

   1,106.20

       0.00

Publicity Campaign for introduction of Levy on plastic shopping bags

      0.00

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Christmas Recycling Campaign 1997

 52,200.15

      0.00

       0.00

       0.00

       0.00

Christmas Recycling Campaign 1998

      0.00

      0.00

   60,146.32

       0.00

       0.00

Totals

627,730.97

723,038.38

1,323,591.52

2,388,437.26

3,035,256.86