Dáil Éireann - Volume 643 - 11 December, 2007

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Taoiseach the amount of mobile telephone bills paid directly by his Department in 2006 and to date in 2007; the percentage or amount of this for each year that applies to data charges; the percentage or amount of this for each year that applies to roaming charges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33344/07]

Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Taoiseach the amount of mobile telephone bills paid in the form of expenses to staff by his Department in 2006 and to date in 2007; the percentage or amount of this for each year that applies to data charges; the percentage or amount of this for each year that applies to roaming charges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33359/07]

[843] Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Taoiseach the amount of mobile telephone bills paid in relation to the departmental mobile telephone assigned to him by his Department in 2006 and to date in 2007; the percentage or amount of this for each year that applies to data charges; the percentage or amount of this for each year that applies to roaming charges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33374/07]

  The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 121 to 123, inclusive, together.

The total expenditure on mobile phones by my Department was €176,897 in 2006 and €166,938 to date (end November) in 2007. Detailed information of the kind sought by the Deputy is not available in aggregated format. However, on examination of records for one sample month, the following breakdown of mobile phone use is available, which may be helpful to the Deputy:

Type of Usage

Cost in Sample Month

% of cost compared to overall Cost in sample month

%

Total expenditure in Sample Month

12,161.71

Calls Abroad

1,728.77

14

Data Charges — National

2,175.79

18

Data Charges — International

412.25

3

Note: All figures are inclusive of VAT.

In addition, mobile phone bills are not paid in the form of expenses to staff in my Department nor has any Departmental mobile phone been assigned to me.