Meaney, Thomas J. V.

Thursday, 11 December 1980

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 325 No. 6

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Professional Fees.

The position is that professional fees fall within the scope of the Prices Acts. Under the Prices and Charges (Notification of Increases) Order, 1979, any person proposing to increase the charge for ...More Button

I have given the Deputy the legal position. If we are to go on the amount of complaints we receive, it would appear that it is working effectively, because they are very few.More Button

I understand that under the provisions of section 4(2) of the Health (Family Planning) Act, 1979 a registered medical practitioner may give a prescription or authorisation for a contraceptive when pro...More Button

I said that a registered medical practitioner may give a prescription or authorisation for a contraceptive when providing a service in accordance with the terms of that section of the Act I have menti...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Contraceptives Price.

It is not proposed at present to fix a maximum price for contraceptives.More Button

The position at present is as I have stated.More Button

I have stated the position at present.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Motor Vehicle Spare Parts.

I am aware that the National Prices Commission in their August-September 1980 monthly report published information on the price of spare parts for passenger motor vehicles which included, inter alia, ...More Button

I do not believe what the Deputy has said. As I have said, a supplementary report is due in the very near future. That explains the position.More Button

When we get the report we will act thereon. We shall have to look at the report first.More Button

When one receives a report one must first examine it. One does not announce one's actions beforehand.More Button

I have explained in my reply that there is a prima facie case that the margins being taken on some spare parts are excessive and that is why the report——More Button

I referred the Deputy back, in the course of my reply, to the National Prices Commission August-September 1980 monthly report.More Button

That is right.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Literature Import Costs.

I am aware that the price of magazines, books and periodicals imported into Ireland from Britain is higher here than in Britain, because of the appreciation in value of sterling and the 10 per cent VA...More Button

I am expecting the report in the very near future. I should like to add that the 50 per cent to which the Deputy referred in his question is not factual; it is much nearer 21 per cent. The Deputy ha...More Button

All of this surcharge is an ongoing thing.More Button

The question put down was not accurate—it stated 50 per cent which is way out.More Button

That was way back. It is an ongoing situation anyway.More Button

I am awaiting their report, yes.More Button

On the occasion of every increase sought there is a report.More Button

It takes place almost every time there is a fluctuation in currencies. This is an ongoing thing. It is not something in regard to which one can say emphatically “yes” or “no”.More Button

I have not got that precisely now.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Tourist Industry.

I do not accept the implication in the Deputy's question that the tourist industry is having a bad year. Preliminary indications at this stage would suggest that total tourism revenue, that is out of...More Button

I answered the question put to me. There was no specific request to my Department, Bord Fáilte or the Department of the Environment.More Button

I said that in my reply.More Button

There was an increase of over 16 per cent in 1979 but with inflation at 18 per cent that represents a two per cent drop.More Button

The correct figures will not be available until about next June, but the present prediction is that there will be a 16 per cent increase in gross revenue over 1979 and, with inflation at 18 per cent,...More Button

I accept the figures produced by Bord Fáilte.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Below-Cost Selling.

I have now received the Restrictive Practices Commission's report of its inquiry into the retail sale of grocery goods below cost. The report is the subject of urgent examination to establish the int...More Button

I am not prepared to comment on that report until it is published in the new year. As is usual, I will make my comments on it then.More Button

The report will be published in the New Year. It has been in my office for a couple of weeks.More Button

Early in the new year.More Button

It is reasonable to expect that when the report is published I will comment on it then.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Development of Supermarkets.

Proposals have been made to me for action in relation to the development of supermarket outlets and these are being considered in conjunction with the report by the Restrictive Practices Commission of...More Button

The Government are worried about the survival of all jobs. It is reasonable to wait until the report is published before commenting on it.More Button

The Deputy is aware that we must await the publication of the report before commenting on its contents.More Button

The report will be published in the new year, comments will be made on it then and action taken, if necessary.More Button

We will see what the report states.More Button


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