Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - National Understanding.
Is it not obvious that what Deputy Deasy had in mind is the question of whether the Government are setting aside the same amount as they did under the previous national understanding?
Is such a fund to be set up?
Is there a provision?
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Soft Drinks Association Meeting.
asked the Minister for Finance if the Irish Soft Drinks Association have requested a meeting with him; and, if so, when that meeting will take place.
How many requests did this association make for a meeting?
I will give the Minister the information.
Would the Minister agree that this association made six requests for a meeting and that it was only when we put down the question that a request was replied to and then the meeting was cancelled. The...
Will the Minister agree that they made six different requests, the reason being that 300 jobs in the industry had become endangered because of the penal taxation imposed in the 1980 budget?
So that is the excuse. Is the Minister describing as small and irrelevant an industry in which 300 jobs are in danger?
The Minister spoke of hundreds of small, insignificant people.
The first application was at the end of February last.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cork Income Tax office Protest.
Has the go-ahead been given for this building?
Will the Minister agree that it will be at least three years before the buildings can be occupied?
Everybody knows that it will take three years, at least, to complete such building.
What will happen in these overcrowded buildings in the meantime? How are the public, who have the right of access to this information, to be satisfied?
When will that be? How does the Minister propose to facilitate the public in the meantime?
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - State Debt.
The deficit was arranged last February.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Growth Rate.
asked the Minister for Finance whether, in the light of the most recent NESC report, the forecasts of the ESRI and the central Bank and the latest published figures on the volume of retail sales, he i...
Was there not drop of 5 per cent in retail sales up to August?
How, then, can there be a growth rate of 2 per cent in GNP?
They are a very significant element of GNP.
It is due to de-stocking on the part of farmers.
Why did the Minister say only a minute ago that retail sales represent only a very small proportion of GNP?
Only yesterday the EEC estimate was for less than 1 per cent in this regard.
We are way below the EEC level.
Do I understand the Minister to say that he is relying on the advice of the Department of Finance for this 2 per cent figure?
Are these the same people whose estimates for expenditure this year were out by more than £500 million, thereby necessitating the supplementary estimates that we have had here in the past month?
Would it not be better ——
——for the Minister to make up his mind at the beginning of the year and to estimate accordingly?
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - NESC Report.
asked the Minister for Finance whether he agrees with the advice in the latest NESC Report that specific measures must be introduced to reduce the current balance of payments deficit to a tolerable le...
Is the Minister satisfied to answer Questions Nos. 26, 27 and 28?
The point is, is the Minister responsible for NESC? Do they report to the Minister's Department or to the Minister?
Who do NESC send their report to?
We would make a lot more progress if the Minister would answer the question he is being asked.
I put these questions down to the Taoiseach; why is he not answering them?
The NESC report is submitted to the Taoiseach; why is he not answering the questions?
The Taoiseach is responsible and he is not here to answer.
He ducks everything except a camera. (Interruptions.)
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Irish Pound Parity.
asked the Minister for Finance if the maintenance of the present parity of the Irish pound within the EMS is Government policy; and, if so, the measures the Government propose to take to ensure the ad...
Is it not true that the reserves are now at two and a half months imports as against four months two years ago?
They are barely over it, and four months two and a half years ago. Does the Minister call that adequately maintaining the reserves?
Is it true that the reserves were four months' imports two years ago?
Is it not also true that the reason the reserves have improved recently is because of the extent of Government borrowing?
Is it not true that the ratio of reserves to borrowing is now one to one and two years ago it was two to two?
Why did they say that they are seriously worried about our economy so? (Interruptions.)
For the wrong reasons.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Economic Planning Documents.
We certainly are interested in short-term planning.
Nomination of Member of Government: Motion.
I join with Deputy G. FitzGerald and Deputy Desmond in congratulating the men involved in the new appointments announced today. I also congratulate Deputy Michael O'Kennedy on his appointment as Comm...
I accept that. I will not continue. Deputy Fitzgerald is taking on a portfolio when internal and external independent commentators point to the fact that our economy could be in very serious trouble...
I am trying to say that the portfolio being assumed by Deputy Fitzgerald is a demanding and difficult one. The first thing he has to do is to ensure that he runs his own Department and that the Taois...
Written Answers. - County Cork School.
asked the Minister for Education the present position regarding the national school at Dripsey, County Cork.