Dáil Éireann - Volume 672 - 28 January, 2009

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform 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. [2544/09]

  Deputy Dermot Ahern: The costs associated with the printing or publishing of reports issued by my Department is not recorded in a manner that facilitates ready identification from other administrative costs. However, I can inform the Deputy that in order to meet public information obligations in relation to official publications, it is my Department’s policy to issue CDs or to use other IT based publication tools such as PDF formats. This policy also covers the publishing of documents, such as annual reports, on my Department’s website. I have also requested all bodies operating under the aegis of my Department to adopt a similar practice in order to keep costs to a minimum. Where hard copies of documents are required, they are prepared for publication by the use of in-house copying equipment. As a consequence of implementing this policy, printing and postal costs are kept to an absolute minimum.