Colley, George

Wednesday, 30 June 1971

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 255 No. 2

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Commercial Bank Assets.

As a result of the centralisation of our external reserves in the Central Bank which was completed last year, the commercial banks now carry only working balances in Britain which are of negligible pr...More Button

Yes, in the Central Bank.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Tipperary Collieries.

To date, Taiscí Stáit Teoranta have not invested any moneys in Ballingarry Collieries Limited. Taiscí Stáit have, however, made an offer of certain financial assistance subject to a number of conditi...More Button

The question did not ask what had been offered and that is the reason I did not give the information. However, I think I can give it to the Deputy now. The offer is £168,000, to include a sum of £83,...More Button

The object would be to resume production on a full basis which would, I assume, mean approximately the same number of employees.More Button

About 60 people.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Taistí Stáit Legislation.

The following loans were issued by Taiscí Stáit Teoranta during the past 12 months—More Button

The question was in regard to the number of loans granted in the last 12 months and that is the information I have given the Deputy. Off-hand I am not aware of the case to which he is referring but, o...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Unestablished Employees' Pensions.

Details of the pensions scheme for unestablished staff have now been virtually finalised and payments of some benefits have, in fact, already been made. Legislation is not required for implementation...More Button

It will cover all categories in respect of whom agreement was reached. There are conditions of service laid down, as the Deputy indicated in his supplementary question. I am not willing to say it wi...More Button

Yes.More Button

I do not think that is quite accurate.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Role of Civil Service.

Civil servants attended the meetings referred to in order to explain and clarify, as necessary, the proposals already made by the Minister for Education, to listen to the views of parents and other in...More Button

The basic issue is the distinction between the enunciation of policy, which is a matter for the political head of the Department—the Minister—on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the explanation a...More Button

The Deputy does not know the rules.More Button

This could be, but the Deputy will appreciate that in this case there were five meetings involved in one week.More Button

In a very short time and what the Deputy suggests would not be physically possible. I would agree certainly that it is important to ensure that civil servants are not, to put it crudely, involved in ...More Button

In reply to the Deputy, I am so aware.More Button

The answer to the first part of the question is “No” and, to the second part, it is not possible, I think, to attain uniformity in a matter like this because circumstances can vary so much from Depart...More Button

The principles are clear. The Deputy is talking about the practice.More Button

Which who do not want?More Button

If the Deputy had paid attention to what Deputy Power said he might do better, if he wants an accurate picture of what is happening.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Civil Service Superannuation Scheme.

I have had this matter under consideration and I have already decided that service of up to two years in the Army during the Emergency may be reckoned for the purposes of civil service superannuation....More Button

I think it is reasonable in the circumstances.More Button

That is not the position. Those who were in the Civil Service before the Emergency and who served in the Army during the Emergency are in a different category. They get credit for service as if they ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Race Meeting Attendances.

As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to circulate it with the Official Report. Following is the statement:More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Motor Silencer Exhausts.

The import transactions of individual concerns must be treated as confidential. The general position is, however, that under a concession announced by the Minister for Industry and Commerce in 1965 d...More Button

I have not heard any objection.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Prize Bonds.

I am so aware. In view of the ready facility by which prize bonds can be cashed at their full face value and the fact that new prize bonds may be purchased at any time there is not any necessity for m...More Button

I think this is a slightly different point. One can cash a prize bond on four days notice and, if one wishes, purchase new prize bonds there and then. There is no practical difficulty in that sense.More Button

No. I do not think it is any great hindrance to anyone who wants to transfer prize bonds. By operating the scheme in this way we achieve a good deal of economy and efficiency.More Button

In addition, if they were transferable, as envisaged, they would become saleable and this would not be desirable, prize bonds being the kind of security they are.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Irish Life Assurance Company.

The person in question was recommended by me for this appointment. My aim in making appointments to the boards of State-sponsored bodies, is to choose people who will bring useful experience and abil...More Button

In view of the fact that I recommended this appointment the Deputy may take it that I am happy with it. This is not to say that I would be happy in all cases with people of the age of this person but...More Button

I did not receive any representations on behalf of either of these gentlemen but if the Deputy wishes to make such representations I shall bear them in mind.More Button

No, recommended.More Button

To the shareholders, I think. The word “recommended” is the correct word in the legal sense of the constitution of Irish life.More Button

May I finish? If the Deputy is trying to make a particular point I shall concede it to him straight away, that whether it was a recommendation or a nomination, the decision was mine, if that is what ...More Button

The fees paid to the directors of the Irish Life Assurance Company, Limited are £800 in the case of the chairman and £500 in the case of the other directors. I am not responsible for the remuneration...More Button

No fees are received by the directors, managing director or chairman of Irish Life in respect of their directorships of the company's subsidiaries. I have no information in relation to the companies ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Commission on Seizures.

Border patrols are staffed by members of the customs preventive staff only. It is not possible to distinguish between rewards paid in respect of seizures made at the land frontier and other places. F...More Button

In certain cases subject to the discretion of the Revenue Commissioners and subject to certain maxima that are laid down. This is a long-standing practice of which I was not aware until I received th...More Button

It is completely at the discretion of the commissioners and depends on certain criteria such as the kind of work that was done in particular cases, the kind of goods seized and so on, but it is also s...More Button

I could not say positively. It is related to the value of the goods; whether it is related to the sale of them, I am not quite certain.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Phoenix Park Gate Lodges.

Applications for tenancies of gate lodges in the Phoenix Park are considered on their merits. In all cases regard is had to the applicants' existing housing conditions and family circumstances and to ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Houses of the Oireachtas Extensions and Repairs.

The total expenditure from 1st April, 1966 to 31st March, 1971 on extensions and repairs to the Houses of the Oireachtas was £412,268.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Offaly National Monument.

I am fully cognisant of the fact that the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise is widely recognised as one of the outstanding national monuments in State care. After the transfer of the site to the ...More Button

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