Dukes, Alan M.

Thursday, 19 December 1985

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 362 No. 15

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Adjournment of Dáil: Motion (Resumed).

Must the Deputy say that? It is hurtful.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Inishbofin (Galway) Pier.

It would be premature at this stage to make public plans for a new pier on Inishbofin.More Button

I am not being unreasonable in doing that. The design at the stage to which the work has been taken so far, has as far as possible taken account of the conditions and the needs of the island.More Button

I can only repeat the answer. I fully appreciate what Deputy Molloy has said but in my view it would be premature at this stage.More Button

That is not the reason.More Button

A Cheann Comhairle—— (Interruptions.)More Button

I hope it is not disorderly——More Button

I hope I am not being disorderly——More Button

If the Deputy will stop talking for a minute he might hear. I hope I am not being disorderly in saying that I fully appreciate the Deputy's concern which I share. I have given the Deputy the answer ...More Button

Suspension of Member.

With the greatest reluctance I will move the Deputy's suspension. I move: That Deputy Molloy be suspended from the service of the Dáil. Question put: “That Deputy Molloy be suspended from the service...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Drug Detection Facilities.

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that modern kits for the identification of drugs are available to customs officers at all points of entry to the State. At present the commissioners are con...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Tax Credits.

I would refer the Deputy to my Budget Statement of 25 January 1984, when I indicated that a changeover to tax credits is not a practical option in the short term because of the resources required to ...More Button

I have given the answer as to why in my view there is no immediate prospect of a tax credit system being introduced. It is based on a number of administrative considerations in the meantime and princ...More Button

It was not presented as a matter of immediate action in the programme. I am sorry that I did not hear the second part of the Deputy's question the first time he raised it.More Button

There was a great deal of to-ing and fro-ing. I would hear it better if Deputy O'Kennedy did not interrupt. As to the rest of it, I do not accept that the situation is no different now from what it w...More Button

That is not what I said.More Button

The answer to the first part of the question is “no”. The answer to the second part is “no” and the answer to the third part is “no”. I observe that Deputy O'Kennedy is persisting in his old fault o...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - EC Regional and Social Funds Allocations.

Ireland's allocation from the Regional and Social Funds from the 1986 Community budget will be determined, in the first instance, by the global provisions for these funds in that budget. The amounts a...More Button

It is a matter of some sadness that Deputy O'Kennedy, who spent some time in the Commission of the EC, appears not to have learned anything while he was there. The agreement that was reached on the R...More Button

I have said that I regard the provisions for the funds agreed by the Council for 1986 as inadequate to meet the needs of the enlarged Community. It is perfectly consistent with that to say that I am ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - National Borrowing.

I have not rejected any such advice. The Government will be giving due weight to the EC budget guideline for Ireland when they come to finalise specific borrowing targets for 1986.More Button

I do not take any responsibility for articles that appear in the Irish Independent. I have the cutting before me and I suggest that the Deputy should read a little more of the article. What we agreed...More Button

The Deputy will be fully illuminated on that on 29 January.More Button

I can only repeat what I said a moment ago, the Deputy will be fully illuminated on all those points on 29 January.More Button

I cannot understand why Deputy O'Kennedy is making such a meal of this, knowing as he does the procedures that go on between the Commission, member states and the Council. I should like to read for th...More Button

The Deputy should read it an odd night before he asks a question. The quotation is as follows: These targets must be regarded as a minimum. Consequently, the authorities should in 1986 aim to make as...More Button

On reading this one wonders why Deputy Brennan had to table the question in the first place.More Button

The Deputy is rushing so fast that he has failed to realise that the passage I read out is the final version of the report adopted by the ECOFIN Council the text of which includes a number of amendmen...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Tax Refunds.

It is not possible to give the specific information sought by the Deputy in relation to delays in making refunds of tax. An average length of delay in making repayments could not be estimated in rela...More Button

I understand the Deputy's concern but I do not think it would serve any useful purpose to use resources to make an index of the kind he suggests. I should like to point out that 65 per cent of VAT re...More Button

Deputy O'Kennedy should keep quiet. If Deputy Keating has a point to pursue he is quite capable of doing it without the Deputy's assistance.More Button

I made the point that 65 per cent of VAT repayments to registered traders are made within 12 days. I am quite sure that there are cases where the delay arises from inefficiency and we keep a careful ...More Button

In cases of that kind ultimately prosecution becomes the only instrument which the Revenue Commissioners have. Unfortunately, as the Deputy may know from previous correspondence which we have had on ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Budget Deficit.

The answer is yes.More Button

We have had some debates to that very effect on Private Members' motions.More Button

If the Deputy keeps on getting in a lather like that, he will have to go back to the bubble bath again.More Button

The answer to the question, Sir, is that it is Government policy to reduce the current budget deficit to 5 per cent of GNP by 1987. The Deputy will have the opportunity to see part of what is require...More Button

The Deputy's arithmetic is wrong.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Stamp Duty.

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the estimated cost of the exemption is as follows: 1982, £250,000; 1983, £500,000; 1984, £800,000; 1985, £1 million.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Galway River Drainage.

He might be put out one of these days.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Budget Deficit.

The Government are at present assessing the budget outlook for 1986 in the context of the budgetary and economic objectives of the national plan, Building on Reality. Their specific proposals will be ...More Button

This is a priority question but it would have been appropriate to take several of these questions together so that we could have discussed them all in a logical way. As far as Deputy O'Kennedy's supp...More Button

He has not finished playacting.More Button

The Deputy's playacting has reached the point where I almost believe that he is as worked up about it as he says. As far as achievements of targets on budget deficits and Exchequer borrowing requirem...More Button

Nothing of the kind. George Orwell where are you?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Construction Industry VAT.

I have no proposals to reduce the VAT rate as requested as this would run counter to the rationalisation of the VAT system which I undertook in the 1985 budget and would require significant compensati...More Button

Deputy O'Kennedy's suggestion would not have the result which he thinks it would. The House will appreciate that it is not possible to separate the VAT yield from any particular activity but, in so f...More Button

As I told the Deputy on a number of occasions, his premise is wrong and therefore comes to the wrong conclusion. It is not the case that we are getting less VAT revenue than before; we are getting l...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Unemployment and Taxation Targets.

The national plan Building on Reality envisaged that, over the period from April 1984 to April 1987, the level of unemployment would stabilise reflecting an expansion in private sector employment, aug...More Button

As I said in my reply and Deputy O'Kennedy has drawn attention to it, as I have done on a number of occasions, the performance of private sector employment has not been as strong as we hoped for in t...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Exchequer Borrowing.

I have to ask you to bear with me because in order to avoid unpleasantness if I say I am circulating a tabular statement, I will be reading all the figures. The information sought by the Deputy is ba...More Button

Adjournment of Dáil: Motion (Resumed).

During this debate we have heard a number of assertions and claims by the Opposition which are baseless and have no regard to what is happening in the country. I will address a few remarks to those s...More Button

That may very well be. If so, they will find out there is no point in carrying on with the charade they went on with here this afternoon. On competitiveness, Deputy Haughey spoke about extending the...More Button

A rara avis, as they say.More Button

I was very unhappy on Tuesday last during the course of Question Time to find that a colleague of Deputy Leyden was urging me to use my influence to put pressure on RTE. I had to tell the unfortunate...More Button

These remarks bring forward that kind of response from Deputies on the other side. They launch into the use of such words as, “monetarism” and others that they read of in the newspapers in the past c...More Button

My concern in protecting the Exchequer is not because the Exchequer happens to be my baby, and some baby it is, but because I am anxious to protect the Government's ability to do the kinds of things t...More Button

That is something that Deputies opposite have never managed to connect with taxation. They have never succeeded in recognising the role of taxation in protecting the Exchequer, and consequently the p...More Button

This Government have been more active than any previous administration in trying to fight tax evasion and to improve tax collection and enforcement. The 1983 Finance Act introduced a wide range of an...More Button

It is rather a pity that it will be such a quiet four minutes from the opposite side of the House. No doubt we will have some more debate on these matters in the New Year.More Button

The prospects for a soft shoe shuffle on the other side of the House seem to be more immediate than they are here. (Interruptions.)More Button

Deputy Leyden should stay quiet on that. It will be a long time before Deputy Leyden reaches any bit of my scalp. The 1985 outturn figures show that spending during the year was very much in line wi...More Button

I will not go into some of the more noteworthy features of the Estimates for next year. I will close this debate by saying that we have come to the end of another year in which both international and...More Button

——that is true in the economic field——More Button

That is true in the economic field and on a much wider basis. We have restored the Government in both the economic and political arenas and we have restored the faith of people. They know that when ...More Button

Appropriation Bill, 1985: First Stage.

I move: That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to appropriate to the proper supply services and purposes sums granted by the Central Funds (Permanent Provisions) Act, 1965. Questio...More Button

Written Answers - On-course Betting

As there is no Government tax applicable to bets placed on-course since the removal of the 1½ per cent stamp duty from 1 April 1985, I do not propose to take any action. I am informed that the control...More Button

Written Answers - Income Tax Statistics.

The average payment of income tax of each PAYE worker in 1982 was £1,672. The corresponding figures for 1983 and 1984, which are provisional, are £1,913 and £2,276, respectively. The average tax pay...More Button

The yield of income tax from the PAYE sector for the years 1982, 1983 and 1984 was, respectively, £1,269.4 million, £1,423.4 million and £1,682.3 million. The budget estimate for 1985 was £1,860 milli...More Button

Written Answers - Rosslare Strand.

I am aware that the extension of the rock groyne, undertaken this year by the Commissioners of Public Works as part of the ongoing maintenance programme at Rosslare strand, has had the desired benefic...More Button

Written Answers - National Economy Investment.

I propose to circulate the reply in the form of a tabular statement. The information is as follows: Investment(1) 1983-85More Button


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