Dáil Éireann - Volume 685 - 23 June, 2009

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the amount that was spent on paying delegates’ allowance to officials travelling abroad to meetings for each of the past three years; her views on whether such payments are appropriate in view of the current economic situation. [24521/09]

  Deputy Mary Coughlan: The amount paid by my Department in Delegate’s Allowance for each of the past three years was as follows: 2006: €169,319.17; 2007: €158,526.38; 2008: €150,521.95. The amount paid by my Department in delegate’s allowance from 1 January to 31 May this year was €63,878.68. Delegate’s allowance is paid where an officer travels abroad as a member of a delegation representing Ireland at a meeting of the EU or other international organisation, or at a meeting with representatives of another Government or Governments.

The provisions governing the payment of delegate’s allowance are determined centrally by the Department of Finance.