Ahern, Bertie

Wednesday, 27 May 1992

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 420 No. 4

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Civil Servants' Involvement in Politics.

Was asked: if he will consider amending the current rules concerning the involvement of civil servants in politics; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have no plans to review the existing rules relating to civil servants and politics.More Button

I know that some countries operate such a system, but our civil servants have maintained a tradition of absolute impartiality in political matters, a system that has served us well. People who join t...More Button

Without going into a lengthy reply, I have no difficulty in researching what happens in other countries but I would not like to make any commitment in this regard.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Autumn Finance Bill.

Was asked: if he will outline the scope and purpose of the second Finance Bill scheduled for publication in the autumn of this year.More Button

The second Finance Bill to which the Deputy refers and which will be introduced in the autumn, will have two primary functions. Firstly, it will complete, subject to progress at Community level, the ...More Button

The cash flow figure is £200 million. A number of suggestions have been made as to how this matter could be dealt with. Work on the matter was suspended during the course of the work on the Finance ...More Button

I can see the sense in what Deputy Noonan has said, but to have arrangements completed by the autumn would be stretching the system. I am anxious to keep the Bill in the autumn to an absolute minimum....More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Financial Services Centre.

Was asked: the plans he has to ensure that firms who enjoy the benefits of the tax package attached to the financial services centre in Dublin, and who are at present operating off site, will move into the finan...More Button

Was asked: the number of companies which have been given licences to operate in the International Financial Services Centre, but which are still located outside of the centre; the total value of the tax breaks c...More Button

Was asked: if he will give details of the number of companies which are operating under a licence outside the International Financial Services Centre, but who enjoy the tax benefits of the IFSC; the reason for t...More Button

I propose to take Question Nos. 9, 13 and 54 together. To date over 200 projects have been approved for the 10 per cent rate of corporation tax at the IFSC. These projects involve 155 companies and...More Button

That is correct. There are three blocks completed and two blocks are partially completed, one owned by the Bank of Ireland group and the other by Mr. Dermot Desmond and his compnay. Both of these ar...More Button

I agree with the thrust of Deputy Noonan's question. My biggest difficulty is that the accommodation that remains in the two buildings that are available is high specification accommodation. The diff...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Register of Landlords.

Was asked: if he will outline, in respect of the registers of landlords of residential property maintained by the Revenue Commissioners, the information which is contained in the register; whether it is open to ...More Button

The register of landlords to which the Deputy is referring is a listing of the details of known landlords as well as let properties. This database of information is maintained for internal purposes ...More Button

The Revenue Commissioners hold this for internal use. I was rather surprised to see that it is not computerised. Following a question put down some months ago I asked about that aspect and requested...More Button

I have asked that this be computerised. At the moment it is not in a form which could be made available for public inspection. A great amount of the data used here comes directly from the returns of...More Button

I have commenced work on computerising it and on putting it into an acceptable form.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Inflation Rates.

Was asked: the estimated level of inflation for 1992 based on the information available to his Department; if his Department has identified the factors contributing to the recent rise in inflation; and if he wil...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the reason for the increase in the inflation rate to 3.7 per cent.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 and 99 together. The projected rate of increase in the consumer price index in 1992, as indicated at the time of the budget, is 3¾ per cent. The most recent avail...More Button

The indirect tax element of VAT had an effect on the quarter to May. That will be out of the system for the remainder of the year. The items which show a higher than average increase over the past y...More Button

The increase in the services sector is mainly in areas related to entertainment in the broadest sense, from cinema to concerts, food and drink. This is where people are targeting their disposable inco...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Co-ordination of State Agencies.

Was asked: if he will consider the possibility of introducing a single coterminous set of regions for all State agencies and services so as to provide a basis for rational general planning.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider the possibility of introducing a single coterminous set of regions for all State agencies and services so as to provide a basis for rational general planning.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider the possibility of introducing a single coterminous set of regions for all State agencies and services so as to provide a basis for rational general planning.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider the possibility of introducing a single coterminous set of regions for all State agencies and services so as to provide a basis for rational general planning.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider the possibility of introducing a single coterminous set of regions for all State agencies and services so as to provide a basis for rational general planning.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider the possibility of introducing a single coterminous set of regions for all State agencies and services so as to provide a basis for rational general planning.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider the possibility of introducing a single coterminous set of regions for all State agencies and services so as to provide a basis for rational general planning.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider the possibility of introducing a single coterminous set of regions for all State agencies and services so as to provide a basis for rational general planning.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 12, 22, 32, 43, 45, 81, 83 and 89 together. The question of aligning the sub-national divisions used by Government Departments and State agencies in the provision of ...More Button

There are a great number of changes in the regional structures operated by organisations such as the IDA, FÁS and the local authorities. The inter-departmental group which examined this matter some ye...More Button

I agree with what Deputy Bruton is saying. The Fine Gael-Labour Government in the mid-seventies spent a lot of time working on this. I am not sure if Deputy Bruton was a member of that Government. ...More Button

I cannot blame Deputy Quinn for being involved in Government at that stage because he was not but, after the permanent civil service of the day came to the conclusion that they could do nothing they h...More Button

——in government over the past 15 years examined this issue in great detail. It would be far simpler from the position of the Minister for Finance, for many reasons, if there was standardisation but t...More Button

On a point of order, I was in this House when that report was prepared. I am not as young as I look.More Button

No, it was 1978. I know I still look young but I am not that young. The Coalition Government lead by Liam Cosgrave and Brendan Corish left office in 1977.More Button

Every day I am anxious to do things people have not done over the years, including Deputy Bruton, who was in charge of the Department of Finance on two occasions and left this issue there to be sorted...More Button

The matter is being examined under the regional authorities in every Bill that comes before this House, there is agreement to alternative structures for vocational education committees, IDA, FÁS, heal...More Button

I should like to make a few brief points. The theory of this issue is very good and it has been examined by the Department of Finance and other Departments in the past. There are many crucial point...More Button

The areas of responsibility of the fishery boards are dictated by the layout of river systems and we cannot neatly divide rivers.More Button

I do not think one can ignore it.More Button

The Barrington Commission and every Minister for the Environment and Health have come to the same conclusion over the years, so too has Deputy Bruton.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Civil Servants on State Boards.

Was asked: if, having regard to his press release of 11 March 1992 relating to guidelines for semi-State bodies, and having regard to the fact that the Official Secrets Act applies to all citizens of the State, ...More Button

The rules concerning the conduct of civil servants in the course of their official duties are contained in a number of circulars issued by my Department over the years. There are also statutory provi...More Button

That is generally correct. The document published on 11 March sets out the practice and principles to be followed by various boards and bodies. The Prevention of Corruption Acts, 1891-1916, the Offic...More Button

I am aware that Deputy Mitchell has been involved in this area for some time and made this point in a recent debate in the House. At this stage my memorandum on the codes of practice for Members is a...More Button

Civil servants previously had an involvement in some areas such as Irish Life and other companies. In ICC and ACC, for example — banking areas under my control — there are civil servants on the boards...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Oireachtas Committees Powers.

Was asked: if he will introduce legislation to allow Oireachtas committees to compel witnesses to attend and to be examined under oath, so as to allow the Oireachtas itself the option and capacity to conduct inq...More Button

Was asked: if he will introduce legislation to allow Oireachtas committees to compel witnesses to attend and be examined under oath, so as to allow the Oireachtas itself the option and capacity to conduct inquir...More Button

Was asked: if he will introduce legislation to allow Oireachtas committees to compel witnesses to attend and be examined under oath, so as to allow the Oireachtas itself the option and capacity to conduct inquir...More Button

Was asked: if he will introduce legislation to allow Oireachtas committees to compel witnesses to attend and be examined under oath, so as to allow the Oireachtas itself the option and capacity to conduct inquir...More Button

Was asked: if he will introduce legislation to allow Oireachtas committees to compel witnesses to attend and be examined under oath, so as to allow the Oireachtas itself the option and capacity to conduct inquir...More Button

Was asked: if he intends meeting the Government commitment to extend privilege to witnesses attending parliamentary committees and giving power to committees to compel attendance of witnesses.More Button

Was asked: if he will introduce legislation to allow Oireachtas Committees to compel witnesses to attend and be examined under oath, so as to allow the Oireachtas itself the option and the capacity to conduct in...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 15, 29, 36, 55, 68, 111 and 112 together. As previously indicated, this matter has been examined in my own and other Departments in recent months and the views of the...More Button

Deputy Bruton has a point. These tribunals are a mounting cost for any Minister for Finance. I have been looking at the issues. Like Deputy Bruton I am a believer in the committee system. Let me ma...More Button

I am aware of most of those points because I have been involved in some fairly contentious issues over the years. The Deputy will agree, however, that the real world is not so simple. In any move we...More Button

Deputy Bruton is twisting my words. In listing some of the issues that have to be addressed on the negative side, what I said was that Oireachtas committees by definition consist of politicians and, ...More Button

While the Carysfort report is a good example and even though a good job was done in that area I think Deputy Mitchell would acknowledge that many civil servants were involved and that my own Departmen...More Button

It is very long.More Button

Written Answers. - Revenue Sheriffs Deposit Interest.

Was asked: if he will give details of the amount of deposit interest earned in 1991 by the State's 16 revenue sheriffs in respect of moneys held on account for the Collector General; if he has satisfied himself ...More Button

I propose to deal with Questions Nos. 16, 17, 31, 41, 49, 96 and 100 together. I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that £91 million in outstanding taxes was collected by sheriffs in 1991. The f...More Button

Written Answers. - State-Sponsored Bodies' Overseas Account.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the decision by four State-sponsored bodies to open an account in a bank in Jersey to facilitate tax-free payments to employees and consultants working abroad; if hi...More Button

I take it that the Deputy is referring to the fact that International Development Ireland Ltd. (IDI) operate an account in a bank in Jersey. IDI is jointly owned by four State-sponsored bodies, the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Sale of Irish Life Shares.

Was asked: the total amount raised by the State as a result of the sale of Irish Life shares; the actual cost of the flotation of Irish Life; the purposes to which the proceeds of the sale have been put by the M...More Button

The total proceeds of the sale of shares in Irish Life plc amounted to £270.4 million. In addition, interest totalling £0.7 million accrued to the Exchequer on various bank accounts through which the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Protection of Wildlife Habitats.

Was asked: the action, if any, he is taking to protect wildlife habitats which are being destroyed on a daily basis.More Button

Written Answers. - EC Structural Funds.

Was asked: if he, or any member of his Department, has requested or directed, formally or informally, any county manager or local authority council not to deal directly with the EC Commission in Brussels on the ...More Button

Under the Structural Fund regulations, applications to the EC Commission for assistance must be submitted by the national authorities of the Member States. In the case of Ireland, Structural Fund assi...More Button

Written Answers. - Tralee (Kerry) Fisheries Access.

Was asked: if he will consider making annual season tickets available for a number of persons from Tralee, County Kerry who have been discriminated against by virtue of the new regulations for the management of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Construction of Interpretative Centres.

Was asked: whether any contracts for the construction of any of the following centres have been signed - Dunquin, Wicklow and the Burren; and if so, whether tax payers' money will be jeopardised should the Struc...More Button

Written Answers. - Taxing of Social Welfare Payments.

Was asked: if he will outline the arrangements that will be made for the taxing of social welfare benefits and allowances; when these arrangements will come into effect; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the estimated savings on the taxing of social welfare benefits; when regulations will be issued in this respect to give effect to this provision of the Finance Bill, 1992; and if he...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 26 and 98 together. The Finance Bill 1992, which was recently passed by the Dáil and Seanad, provides in section 15 for disability benefit (including occupational inju...More Button

Written Answers. - Structural Fund Aided Projects.

Was asked: if he will outline the amount of direct EC funds, which have been made available in each of the years between 1988 and 1991, for specific cross-Border projects under the EC Structural and related fund...More Button

EC structural fund assistance in respect of projects funded in 1988 and under the Community Support Framework for Ireland 1989 to 1993 relates almost entirely to projects in the south and would not in...More Button

Written Answers. - Royal Canal Development.

Was asked: whether the Government has any plans for a development programme for the Royal Canal to enhance both tourism and recreational potential, and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Disposal of State Properties.

Was asked: the total amount of moneys received to date for the sale of the State owned properties on Upper Merrion Street; whether this is the final sum; and if he will outline the purposes for which the moneys ...More Button

Written Answers. - Derelict Buildings/Sites.

Was asked: if he will outline the the number of sites and buildings currently owned by the Government in the Dublin area which may be considered to be derelict and/or unsightly; the action, if any, he proposes t...More Button

Written Answers. - Redesign of Irish Currency.

Was asked: if he has any plans to redesign the Irish currency notes and coins; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On the 30 April this year, I announced that a new 5p coin would be introduced this June. The new coin will be lighter and smaller than the current 5p coin but will retain the existing design. It is p...More Button

Written Answers. - Development of Inland Waterways.

Was asked: if he will outline his long term proposals for the development of the inland waterways; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - National Gallery.

Was asked: if work has commenced on the refurbishment of the 1968 wing of the National Gallery; if he will outline the cost of the works involved; when it will be completed; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Written Answers. - Group's Findings.

Was asked: if he will outline the action which has arisen from the work of the Black Economy Monitoring Group, established in April, 1990; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Group provide a forum for an exchange of views on the effectiveness of ongoing programmes to combat the black economy between the Federation of Irish Employers, the Construction Industry Federati...More Button

Written Answers. - National Lottery Funding.

Was asked: whether the Government have discussed the possibility of providing matching funds from the national lottery for the third Telethon appeal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The People-in-Need Telethon was held to raise funds for many worth-while projects throughout the country and the Government was happy to be associated with this worthwhile event.More Button

Written Answers. - Interpretative Centre.

Was asked: if, in view of the ongoing controversy, he will appoint an independent assessor to analyse the submissions on the Office of Public Works recent environmental impact study for the proposed centre at Mu...More Button

Written Answers. - Revenue Commissioner's Powers.

Was asked: the steps he proposes to take to ensure that the Revenue Commissioners exercise their new powers with the maximum degree of restraint in view of the concerns expressed by many practising accountants o...More Button

The new powers conferred on the Revenue Commissioners by the Finance Bill, 1992 are designed to support the ongoing drive against tax evasion and avoidance. The powers are needed so as to enable Reven...More Button

Written Answers. - Shannon Navigation Authority.

Was asked: if he will consider the establishment of a new River Shannon navigation authority with representatives from all the major interests affected by the changing levels of the river, and his views on wheth...More Button

Written Answers. - Sub-Regional Review Committees.

Was asked: if, in view of the experience of the operation of the seven sub-regions by his Department, he proposes to revise or change the structures of these regions in the context of the Delors II package; and ...More Button

I presume the Deputy is referring to the sub-regional Review Committees established under the provisions of the Community Support Framework which governs the EC Structural Fund assistance to Ireland o...More Button

Written Answers. - Industrial Credit Corporation.

Was asked: whether he has received the report from the consultants on the future of the Industrial Credit Corporation which was commissioned on 11 July 1990; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The report of the consultants referred to was received on 19 September 1990. As indicated by my predecessor in reply to a PQ on 22 May 1991, the consultants were subsequently requested to consider the...More Button

Written Answers. - Civil Service Structures.

Was asked: the changes, if any, he proposes to make in the structures of grades and remuneration within the Civil Service; if he will give details of the discussions that have taken place to date with the trade ...More Button

Clause 3 of the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the operation in the public service of the local bargaining clause of the Programme for Economic and Social Progress pay agreement provides f...More Button

Written Answers. - Oireachtas Committees.

Was asked: if new committees of the House will be staffed by officials attached to the Houses of the Oireachtas to ensure independence from Government Departments.More Button

It has generally been the practice that Committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas have been serviced by staff who are attached to the Houses of the Oireachtas and who during any period of service wit...More Button

Written Answers. - Houses of the Oireachtas.

Was asked: if, in regard to the announcement the Taoiseach made to the media on 30 April regarding certain proposals for Dáil reform, it is planned to provide additional staff and resources for the Houses of the...More Button

At the request of the Ceann Comhairle, the Management Services Unit of my Department recently carried out a detailed examination of the Reporting Section of the Houses of the Oireachtas. The report ha...More Button

Written Answers. - Tender Procedure.

Was asked: if he will review procedures in his Department in relation to inviting design and build tenders for decentralised offices in view of the dissatisfaction that has been expressed in relation to the pre-...More Button

Written Answers. - EC Funding.

Was asked: if he will outline for each member state of the European Community (a) the funds, if any, the political parties receive in the form of direct and indirect financial support, (b) the amount of such sup...More Button

Direct financial support in the form of allowances to Party Leaders are currently paid to registered politicial parties in Dáil Éireann who have seven or more members. This results in payments as fol...More Button

Written Answers. - Civil Service Statistics.

Was asked: if he will outline the number of civil servants and their grades who have resigned from his Department before normal retirement age for each of the years between 1987 and 1991; and if he will make a s...More Button

As the reply to the question is in tabular form I propose to circulate it in the Official Report.More Button

Written Answers. - State Offices.

Was asked: if he will give details of the amount of empty office space the Government are currently renting or leasing in the Dublin area which has been vacated by sections of the public service relocating out o...More Button

Written Answers. - Interpretative Centres.

Was asked: if he will outline the specific legislative basis which authorises the Office of Public Works to engage in the construction of interpretative centres and the specific legislation which entitles the Go...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the statutory authority under which the Government maintain that the relevant Department are entitled to take any measures directly or indirectly in relation to the Wicklow National...More Button

Written Answers. - Superannuation Regulations.

Was asked: if he proposes to change the terms of the Superannuation (Female Civil Servants) Regulations, 1954 and 1981 so as to allow individuals who decide to remain single and/or choose not to have children to...More Button

Under the terms of the regulations referred to by the Deputy, female established civil servants were given an opportunity in 1954 and again in 1981 to opt for superannuation on the same basis as appli...More Button

Written Answers. - Family Farm Workers.

Was asked: if he will have consultations in order to ensure that those engaged in the family farm, including the spouse, will in future be treated for tax relief purposes in the same manner as all other PAYE tax...More Button

I take it that the Deputy has in mind the non-availability of the PAYE allowance and the £286 PRSI allowance to farmers and members of their families working on the family farm. The PAYE allowance is...More Button

Written Answers. - Mullaghmore (Clare) Interpretative Centre.

Was asked: if he has read the proposal from a Burren community group entitled Alternatives to the Mullaghmore Visitors Centre and, in particular their proposal for a ring road around the Burren with a visitor ce...More Button

Written Answers. - EC Bird Directive.

Was asked: if he will outline (a) the names of the members of the Committee for Adaptation to Technical and Scientific Progress set up under Directive 79/409/EEC, (b) the organisations the members represent and ...More Button

Written Answers. - Tax Evaders.

Was asked: if, in view of the fact that any third party information which could potentially be required in regard to a tax return must be in order for the tax year most recently ended, he will outline any polici...More Button

“Third party” information has been a feature of the tax code since 1960. At present such returns need to be made only when requested by a notice from an Inspector of Taxes. The Finance Bill, 1992 pr...More Button

Written Answers. - Oireachtas Committee on Employment.

Was asked: if he has received firm proposals for the staffing and financing of the Oireachtas Committee on Employment; if he will confirm that he will be making the necessary order to provide for the necessary s...More Button

The arrangements for the Committee have been the subject of discussion between the Chairman of the Committee, the Clerk of Dáil Éireann and the Secretaries of those Departments particularly involved i...More Button

Written Answers. - Estimate Committee of Dáil Éireann.

Was asked: if he will consider the setting up of an Estimate Committee of Dáil Éireann to scrutinise public expenditure proposals in advance.More Button

Recent reforms introduced by the Government include an arrangement whereby the Dáil debates a motion on the Estimates as soon as the Abridged Estimates Volume is published. The Government have also m...More Button

Written Answers. - Semi-State Bodies.

Was asked: if semi-State bodies are responsible to individual Ministers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Responsibility for State-sponsored bodies rests in the first instance with a specific Minister in each case. In most instances the legislation establishing State bodies confers specific powers and du...More Button

Written Answers. - Single Market.

Was asked: if he has any plans to reorganise his Department so as to prepare for the Single Market in 1993; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I do not anticipate any major change in the organisation of my Department. Sections whose work is affected by the introduction of the Single Market in 1993 will have already planned for this eventual...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Services Fees.

Was asked: the reason there is an increase of 166 per cent from £341,000 to £906,000 for consultancy services for his Department in the Revised Estimates; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The increase arises mainly because costs associated with the formation and operation of the Sub-Regional Review Committees (set up to monitor the Structural Funds) did not fall due for payment in 1991...More Button

Written Answers. - Wildlife Bill.

Was asked: if it is the Government's intention to publish a new wildlife Bill; if so, when; and if he will outline the area which will be covered in the Bill.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Legislation.

Was asked: if he will give details of the legislation, for which he is responsible, enacted by the Oireachtas which has not yet gone into effect, and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Oireachtas (Allowance to Members) and Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices (Amendment) Act, 1992, has been enacted. As provided for in the legislation, certain sections of the Act have yet to c...More Button

Written Answers. - INTERREG Funding.

Was asked: if he will outline (a) the amount of INTERREG funding approved for each of the Border counties including Sligo and (b) the projects to be funded.More Button

One of the major innovations in the reform of the Structural Funds adopted in 1988 involved the switch from a project-based to a programme-based approach. Information on the Community Support Framewor...More Button

Written Answers. - VAT Payments.

Was asked: if VAT is payable on the same motor vehicle in two countries of the EC; if he will outline the position in so far as such payments are concerned, and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In the case of a new motor vehicle, payment of VAT in two EC member states should not normally arise. The dealer selling the car in the member state of export should apply the zero rate of VAT and th...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Capital Allocations.

Was asked: if he has cleared with the Minister for the Environment the capital allocations for each local authority in respect of (a) housing - local authorities, (b) sanitary services and (c) roads, excluding ...More Button

The total Exchequer capital provisions provided for Housing, Roads and Sanitary Services are detailed in the Vote of the Department of the Environment in the Revised Estimates Volume and Public Capita...More Button

Written Answers. - Government Buildings Refurbishment.

Was asked: if he is now in a position to outline the final costs of the entire refurbishment of Government Buildings, including the renovations of the Cabinet Room and related offices; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Written Answers. - State Income and Expenditure.

Was asked: if he will outline (a) the amount which has been received by the State from each of the months from January to March for this year and (b) the amount which has been paid out, and if he will make a sta...More Button

The information requested is given in tabular form as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Houses of the Oireachtas Costs.

Was asked: if he will outline, as a percentage of expenditure for both capital and current account, the cost of the full operations of the Houses of the Oireachtas as set out in Vote 2 of the Estimates for each ...More Button

There has been no capital expenditure on the Vote for the Houses of the Oireachtas in the period 1980 to 1992. The following table shows the comparison between Vote 2 — Houses of the Oireachtas and th...More Button

Written Answers. - Single Market Implications.

Was asked: if he will outline the steps he proposes to have taken, in conjunction with the Revenue Commissioners, to consult with and advise the practitioners and the business community of the complex changes wh...More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that they are committed to ensuring that the business community and other interested parties are provided with comprehensive information and given every poss...More Button

Written Answers. - Agriculture House.

Was asked: if the contract documentation has been completed for the remedial works to Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2; whether tenders have been sought and received; the estimated cost of the works i...More Button

Written Answers. - Inheritance Tax.

Was asked: if he will outline any proposed changes in the inheritance tax for farmers in 1992, and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are no plans to change the tax treatment of either the inheritance or lifetime transfer of farms in 1992. However, in the course of the Committee Stage of the current Finance Bill, I indicated t...More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Interests.

Was asked: if he will outline the plans he has for a register for Members interests.More Button

A scheme for the registration of Members' interests is at an advanced stage of preparation and I expect that I will be in a position to submit it to the Committee on Procedures and Privileges for thei...More Button

Written Answers. - EC Directives.

Was asked: if he will list the number of EC Directives applicable to his Department which are not yet in force in Irish law, and the reason for the delay in the case of each Directive.More Button

The EC Directives with which my Department is concerned and which are due for implementation are Directive 86/635/EEC on the annual and consolidated accounts of banks and other financial institutions ...More Button


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