Tuesday, 25 April 1995
Dáil Éireann Debate
119. Dr. O'Hanlon asked the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht the cost to the Exchequer and State agencies of public liability insurance premia and claims paid from the Exchequer for the last year for which figures are available; the plans, if any he has to reduce this cost; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7391/95]
Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht (Mr. M. Higgins): My Department, in common with all other Government Departments, does not pay public liability insurance premia and I understand that no claims for public liability insurance have been paid from my Department's Vote.
In respect of agencies/projects under the aegis of my Department, a total of some £37,600 was paid from Exchequer sources in premia for public liability insurance in the year 1994-95. No claims were paid in that period. Due to the competitive nature of the insurance industry the Deputy will appreciate that it would not be prudent to provide breakdown figures for each agency/project.
In relation to the reduction of costs, each agency is expected to avail of the most economical public liability insurance facilities available while taking into account their total insurance requirements.
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