Yates, Ivan

Thursday, 2 June 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 443 No. 6

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The Bill has already been published.More Button

Report of Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs: Statements.

I understand other Deputies want to contribute to the debate.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Overtime Arrangements.

Asked the minister: if he will review the restriction on overtime payments to the National Drugs Team and to officials of the Revenue Commissioners who are enforcing the vehicle registration tax regulations to return to ...More Button

The Minister has not answered my question on illegal imports of cars and drugs. I have been told by Revenue officials working in the customs and excise division that under the previous arrangements t...More Button

Will the Minister agree that these overtime payments were more than self-financing? The saving is estimated at £170,000 while the value of drugs confiscated by the National Drugs Team was in excess o...More Button

A pat on the back, is it?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - National Lottery Funds.

Asked the minister: the proposals, if any, he has to review the overall system of allocation of national lottery funds through either issuing block grant funds on an equitable regional breakdown throughout the country th...More Button

The Minister wrongly interpreted my question. I am getting at the political patronage still associated with the allocation of lottery funds. Is the Minister aware that, in the course of the last ele...More Button

Has the Minister not been a dab hand at allocating money to his constituency?More Button

I accept that but nonetheless the Minister is getting the full benefit for that politically.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Sale of Trustee Savings Bank.

Asked the minister: when the Government will decide upon the proposed merger between National Irish Bank and the Trustee Savings Bank; the other offers, if any, that will be considered for the sale of the Trustee Savings...More Button

Will the Minister agree that the promise made in the Programme for a Partnership Government to set up a new super State bank is completely different from the third banking force now envisaged? What i...More Button

What timetable does the Minister envisage for the completion of the consultancy reports? As an order of the Dáil is required to sell the Trustee Savings Bank, does he envisage the reports will be com...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Community Support Framework.

Asked the minister: the date on which the Community Support Framework for the expenditure of EU funds from 1994 to 1999 will be published.More Button

We debated this matter in Private Members' time although we did not reach a satisfactory conclusion. Will the Minister explain to the uninitiated like myself who does not understand the ways of the E...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - New Motor Vehicle Sales.

Does the Minister have a breakdown of the number of company cars which comprise the total? Will he agree that if he wanted to stimulate a spectacular recovery he would need to change the benefit-in-k...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Civil Service Restructuring.

Is the Minister aware of the impact of the Programme for National Recovery and the Programme for Economic and Social Progress on the highest and the lowest grades in the Civil Service? Secretaries of ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Bank Charges.

Asked the minister: the steps, if any, the Government intends to take in the context of its dissatisfaction with the profit margins, handling charges and interest rate differentials being operated by the banks at present...More Button

Do I take it from the Minister's terse reply that the Taoiseach's comments were merely a puff of smoke, a cheap jibe at the banks to try to garner votes for Fianna Fáil? We all experience anti-bank ...More Button

Is there another passport on the way?More Button

He should give me a call.More Button

Will the Minister agree that the banks are on the weakest ground in the areas of handling charges? Is he aware of the recent case in Cork where the Southern Health Board tried to negotiate its handl...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Bookmakers' Premises Opening Hours.

I note the Minister's negative response and I am curious as to the reason for it. In Northern Ireland and in Great Britain generally, betting offices are open in the evening. Throughout the summer t...More Button

I have an interest in five betting offices.More Button

Obviously there would be an increased wage bill to keep such offices open for longer hours. I do not have a particular view on this but I would be interested to know why there is such a negative atti...More Button

It probably would.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - National Debt.

Asked the minister: the amount by which the national debt has increased since the year 1987 with reference to the likely level of debt at the end of the 1994-95 financial year.More Button

To put this in terms that the ordinary punter can understand, do I take it that since Fianna Fáil returned to office the national debt has gone up by £6 billion and that, leaving aside GDP, debt rati...More Button

It was not long before he walked back in.More Button

How much will this extra £6 billion cost for every man, woman and child?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Irish Pound Devaluation.

Would the Minister agree that his failure to devalue early is the most serious blot on his copy book in his handling of the financial affairs of this country? Does he acknowledge that the cut in inte...More Button

Is the Minister aware that he, his colleagues in the Department and the Central Bank took the view that the Irish pound was sustainable at £1.04 or £1.06 against sterling? They gambled and they lost....More Button

Written Answers. - Residential Property Tax and Service Charge.

Asked the minister: the number of meetings that have taken place of the committee established by the Government to investigate the merging of residential property tax and the service charges paid to local authorities; an...More Button


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