Dáil Éireann - Volume 675 - 18 February, 2009

Written Answers. - Official Travel.

Deputy Jim O’Keeffe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the agencies, offices and bodies within the remit of her Department in respect of which details of foreign travel for 2008 were sought and not furnished in a reply to a parliamentary question reply of 27 January 2009. [6408/09]

  Deputy Mary Coughlan: In a previous reply to the Deputy on 27th January 2009, I provided a figure for the total amount spent by my Department on foreign travel for the period 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008.

This figure included foreign travel and subsistence expenses in respect of my Department and the Offices under its remit. It also included the foreign travel costs of staff in the National Consumer Agency, for whom my Department processes travel and subsistence claims.

As I indicated in my earlier reply, I do not have details of amounts spent on foreign travel by other agencies under my Department’s remit, as payment of these costs is an operational matter for the agencies concerned. The agencies in question are:

Forfás

IDA Ireland

Enterprise Ireland

County Enterprise Boards

[495] FÁS

InterTradeIreland

Science Foundation Ireland

Shannon Free Airport Development Company

National Standards Authority of Ireland

Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority

Competition Authority

Health and Safety Authority

Labour Relations Commission