Bruton, John

Tuesday, 8 March 1983

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 340 No. 10

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Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Departmental Appointments.

I appointed Mrs. Mary Shinners as my personal secretary on a salary of £125.00 per week plus an allowance of £11.00 per week. She is seconded from the Houses of the Oireachtas. Similarly my Minister...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - National Development Corporation.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 together. The Programme for Government provides that the National Development Corporation will be established as an early priority and will be a maj...More Button

No, it has not. Generally speaking, it is my thinking that its current activities should continue with a view to those activities being integrated into the National Development Corporation as soon a...More Button

It is priority but it is very important to establish it on the right basis. The previous Government were very careful in the terms of reference they drew up for the National Enterprise Agency. We ha...More Button

I do.More Button

That is not a question.More Button

The Deputy is required to put his comment in the form of a question.More Button

What the Deputy says is correct. This body could be established on a company basis and could be given the money to spend on that basis but that would not be adequate. It is important that there be ...More Button

In the first instance, the difference is that the National Development Corporation would have a supervisory role in regard to existing State companies whereas the National Enterprise Agency have no su...More Button

I have not ruled out finally the possibility of proceeding under the Companies Act. However, I have indicated that there are disadvantages in proceeding in that way. The Deputy may disagree but that...More Button

If the Deputy reads the joint programme he will find that the terms of reference are quite general. If one were setting up a company one would need to set out the details to a much greater extent tha...More Button

I could not give a figure in that regard. Until such time as the corporation are in being and the various projects can be examined, one is not in a position to give any forecast on the number of jobs...More Button

One cannot give a figure in that respect because a proper market assessment would first have to be done of the projects. The NEA have done a considerable amount of work on a number of possibilities. ...More Button

The list is the one that was drawn up between the parties coming into Government. Presumably Aer Lingus were excluded because they operate in the transport rather than in the industrial area. There...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - IDA Projects.

The Industrial Development Authority's job approvals target was 30,000 for 1982. In that year the IDA approved 990 projects with total job potential of 29,511. The IDA have now discontinued the pract...More Button

That is precisely why the Government established the Employment Action Team which brings together five or six central Ministers in the Cabinet in discussions on employment policy as a whole. The trou...More Button

I am informed by the Industrial Development Authority that they have assisted industrial workers' co-operatives in the past and the majority of these continue to trade successfully. At present the IDA...More Button

It is not among those in existence at the moment. The following industrial co-operatives are in existence, which have been supported by the IDA: Crannach in Navan, Navan Bedding Company also in Navan...More Button

Yes.More Button

That is mainly a question for the Department of Agriculture.More Button

The IDA will look at any proposal to be made.More Button

The IDA are, in fact, considering that proposal referred to by Deputy Ahern.More Button

I am trying to be helpful.More Button

There is no specific reference in the Book of Estimates for the provision of incubator type factories in third level colleges.More Button

No specific reference, but they are going ahead without specific provision in the Estimates.More Button

They can go ahead; they do not need specific provision.More Button

They do not need specific provision. They can go ahead without it.More Button

Sometimes there are matters in ministerial answers for which there is no reason.More Button

The Industrial Development Authority are implementing the Government decision of 9 December 1982 to assign a small industry specialist to each of IDA's regional offices, with the exception of the mid ...More Button

I am informed by the Industrial Development Authority that they are currently drawing up a pilot programme whereby technical experts will be seconded from selected larger companies to assist smaller m...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Small Industrial Project Grants.

The Central Development Fund and the associated discretionary grant scheme are the responsibility of the Minister for Finance. I understand that there are no proposals to extend the scheme to eastern...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Irish Standards.

I appreciate fully the importance attaching to the use of Irish standards for the purpose of raising the quality of Irish manufactured products. In recent years the number of Irish standards published...More Button

Three hundred and thirteen.More Button

Now.More Button

Sixty-seven standards were made in 1982, so the Deputy can subtract 67 from 313 and he will get the figure for the beginning of 1983.More Button

Yes. That is why the IIRS staff have been increased in this area, notwithstanding the very small availability of funds generally.More Button

Yes.More Button

Yes, but what I said was——More Button

——where there were public health and safety hazards.More Button

Yes.More Button

You have the control if you are setting an Irish standard and the consumers would know by looking at the product whether if complied with that standard. If it did not, they would not have to buy it....More Button

This very much depends on Irish purchasing managers. The work that is being done in alerting purchasing managers of Irish firms to the availability of good quality Irish products, as a substitute for ...More Button

I think the Deputy will realise that when one is in the EEC one is bound by certain obligations as to free trade. If one introduced some standards for imports which were such as to exclude perfectly...More Button

I am aware of that. I am also aware that France does not depend to the same extent as we do on exports to other countries. France is a country which is virtually self-sufficient — even though it is ...More Button

It is extremely questionable whether the present French measures are within the EEC law.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Construction Industry Materials.

The Deputy will be aware that our obligations under the Treaties of the European Communities prevent us from taking action to restrict imports of building materials from other Member States. However,...More Button

That may be a fair criticism. What the Deputy has said and the figures he has quoted are correct. Indeed it has been estimated that if the business in question had been diverted to Irish building mat...More Button

I will have a look at that. If there are any of those projects which are viable I am sure the IDA would be interested in putting them back on the road. I might also draw the attention of the House t...More Button

The Deputy has made an interesting point. However, he will appreciate that there are Community rules in this area which must be borne in mind in regard to State purchasing.More Button

If I can get any evidence of that I will certainly take it up with the EEC. While I do not expect the Deputy to have it, if any people who have been listening to this exchange can give me examples, I...More Button

That is a reasonable point.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Longford Advance Factory.

I am informed by the Industrial Development Authority that agreement has been reached for the construction of a 25,630 sq. ft. advance factory, under a private finance arrangement, on part of the Auth...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Sligo-Leitrim Industrial Development.

In its Industrial Plan 1978-1982 the Industrial Development Authority set a target for the creation of 1,900 jobs in County Sligo and 1,100 in County Leitrim. During that period the IDA succeeded in ...More Button

I would prefer the Deputy to put down particular questions about the individual factories. There is a very large number of factories in Sligo in a variety of centres. There is also a substantial lan...More Button

I am sorry to say the tabular statement does not set out that information. I regret to say that, in terms of individual prospects. If it is acceptable to the Deputy, I will supply him with the infor...More Button

In so far as I can, but the negotiations may be at the point where it may not be possible to disclose details.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - County Cork Industrial Development.

I am informed by the Industrial Development Authority that a ten acre site suitable for industrial development has now been identified in Mitchelstown, County Cork. The IDA are at present in the proc...More Button

There are no plans at the moment to build an advance factory on the site in question in Mitchelstown. As I said, the site has not been finally acquired. The Deputy will realise that in the north Cork...More Button

I am informed by the Industrial Development Authority that they have seven advance factories and five cluster units vacant in County Cork. In addition there are three factories and ten cluster units p...More Button

The Deputy raised this matter with me already. I am prepared to have a look at it, but I would be very reluctant to make a change in the existing practice for the reasons I have given.More Button

I am informed by the Industrial Development Authority that Adesco Limited recently took over the Buttevant Concrete premises on relocation from Mallow. This company will employ 19 at full production...More Button

The IDA are making vigorous efforts to promote industrial development in the Buttevant area. They have acquired a five-acre site which is suitable for an industrial project. Commitments have also be...More Button

I will ask the IDA to look at the needs of Buttevant. The Deputy will realise that there are industrial closures over a vast range of towns, unfortunately, at present. While the IDA would like to gi...More Button

I did not say it was well serviced. I said there was a substantial amount of vacant factory space in the area.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Natural Gas Supply.

Proposals from Cork Gas Company for the provision of natural gas to a number of towns on the periphery of Cork city are at present under consideration including Glanmire, Carrigaline and Ballincollig....More Button

There are proposals under general consideration which would involve the extension of supply to Cobh and Midleton. There are also considerable advantages in having one distributor for gas in the Cork...More Button

I am speaking about areas which are within a reasonable distance of the pipeline in County Cork. I am talking about having one authority for the Cork area for the distribution of gas.More Button

It is not certain that the profits will be that great. It depends on the price that will be charged. My preliminary view is that it is better to have one company distributing it in the interest of t...More Button

Cork County Council have requested that no licences for the supply of gas outside the borough of Cork be issued before the council make their own submission to become the statutory distributor. They ...More Button

Written Answers. - Clondalkin Paper Mills.

Tenders are at present being sought from a number of general contractors for a care and maintenance programme for the premises of Clondalkin Paper Mills. The objective is to begin such a programme as...More Button

Written Answers. - Cahir (Tipperary) Factory.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 445 and 446 together. Since this company went into liquidation in January 1983 the Industrial Development Authority in conjuction with the liquidator had been actively...More Button

Written Answers. - Wexford Industrial Estate.

I am informed that the Industrial Development Authority own 100 acres of land on the Rosslare Road, 22 acres at Whitemills Road and seven acres in the former Pierce complex in Wexford town. These sit...More Button

Written Answers. - County Limerick Industrial Development.

The Industrial Development Authority have, in recent years, secured a number of new overseas industries for Limerick city and county and have also assisted in the expansion of a number of existing med...More Button

The number of advance factories unoccupied in County Limerick, including Limerick city, is 43, of which 27 are already allocated for projects.More Button

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