Dáil Éireann - Volume 672 - 28 January, 2009

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Finance the annual cost of printing reports by his Department and agencies under the control of his Department; the corresponding figure for annual reports; the cost of posting these reports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2541/09]

  Deputy Brian Lenihan: In general my Department prints its reports in-house and in most cases these reports are also published on the Department’s website. In [930] some cases however, it may be decided to outsource the printing due to the volume of printing required to produce the report. In 2008 the European Regional Development Fund Financial Control Unit annual report was printed externally at a cost of €8,450 and the postage costs associated with the distribution of this report amounted to €945.70.

From time to time copies of reports printed-in-house are distributed through the postal system. No separate record is kept of the postal charges in these instances. In regards to the bodies under the remit of my Department, the table gives the details requested by the Deputy in relation to reports printed in 2008.

Body

Annual cost of Printing Reports

Cost of printing annual reports

Postage costs

Special EU Programmes Body

*35,976

*9,115

Not Available

Commission for Public Service Appointments

8,591

8,591

Not Available

Valuation Office

Reports produced-in-house

Nil

Not Available

Public Appointments Service

12,283

7,460

Not Available

State Laboratory

Nil

Nil

Not Available

Office of the Ombudsman

37,000

22,000

7,500

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners

46,448

46,448

800

National Treasury Management Agency

76,526

65,554

**See footnote

* The Special EU Programmes Body has advised that this is the total cost (Northern Ireland and Ireland). The Department of Finance only pay, at a maximum, 50% of this figure. The majority of these costs come from the technical assistance programmes rather than core administration costs. These reports are normally not posted out. However, if a request for a report is received and it is necessary to post it, there is an average cost of £1.44 (UK)/£4.32 (RoI) per report.

** Costs supplied by National Treasury Management Agency include costs associated with the production of all aspects of the reports including design, printing, translation and postage costs.

I have been informed by the Office of Public Works that they are currently collating the information required by the Deputy and will forward it to the Deputy as soon as it is available.