Dáil Éireann - Volume 673 - 05 February, 2009

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if his Department has a contract with a taxi firm; if so, the amount of money spend by officials in 2007 and 2008; the changes he will bring about; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4025/09]

  Deputy Martin Cullen: The Department currently has accounts with separate taxi firms for each of its three locations in Dublin and Killarney. The total expenditure on the use of taxis in Ireland by officials in the Department for 2007 and 2008 is €22,890 and €19,630 respectively.

Expenditure on taxis is kept under constant review in the Department and officials are directed to only avail of taxis in urgent situations or in circumstances where no other form of transport is available.

Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if external storage is utilised by his Department; if so, if he will state what is being stored; the length of time it has it been stored; the cost of such storage; the details of the contract; his plans in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4039/09]

  Deputy Martin Cullen: The Department currently has a contract with Glenbeigh Records Management for the off site storage of Departmental files and documents, which was placed in June 2007. Files and documents have been placed in storage with that company as required since that date.

Rental costs associated with this service are determined by the amount of storage being used. The current rental cost is €335 per month plus VAT. Some additional expenditure is incurred on an occasional basis in respect of associated delivery costs and the purchase of boxes and labels.

The National Archives has utilised an off site facility for the storage of Department of Foreign Affairs records since October 2008. Any associated costs or contract issues are a matter for the OPW, who arranged for the storage of the records in question.

The Department is currently reviewing its off site storage requirements in the context of its recent move to a new purpose built building in Killarney as part of the decentralisation process.