Quinn, Ruairí

Wednesday, 29 June 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 444 No. 6

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Order of Business.

Some of us had to deal with other business.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers - Viability of Irish Steel.

Was asked: whether he has satisfied himself with the progress being made to secure the future of Irish Steel; and the further steps, if any, he proposes to take in the matter.More Button

Was asked: the further steps, if any, that can be taken to guarantee the future viability of the Irish Steel plant at Cork Harbour.More Button

Was asked: the steps, if any, he will take to secure the survival of Irish Steel.More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the progress made to date regarding efforts to secure the future of Irish Steel; if he has received any recommendations from the board on the future of the company; and ...More Button

Was asked: if he will make an up-to-date statement on the future of Irish Steel.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2, 4, 8, 28 and 56 together. Last April the Government considered the survival plan for Irish Steel Ltd. and approved the opening of negotiations between management an...More Button

I share the Deputy's concern. It is not an arbitrary timetable. The company is losing money as we speak. The timetable was set out in April following the Simpson Xavier report which was produced afte...More Button

I appreciate the Deputy's comments, and I want to thank all Deputies in the House for their co-operation in this very difficult and sensitive matter. We are talking about the future of 560 jobs in a ...More Button

I am very conscious of the points made by the Deputy and I know Deputies on all sides of the House would not want me to make a comment which might prejudice the outcome of what I understand are fairly...More Button

I apologise for not answering Deputy Bruton's second supplementary question. I am assured by my officials that I have the necessary legislative powers in the short term to respond to any rescue plan ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers - Loans to Small Businesses.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to compensate banks for losses on loans to certain businesses, as was reported recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has to ensure that money is more readily available from the banks on suitable terms for small Irish businesses.More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on his meeting on 20 May 1994 with representatives of the State's major banks to discuss the possibility of a new loans scheme for small and medium sized businesses; if the...More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to provide State guarantees to banks who lend to business.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 3, 48, 50 and 53 together. On 20 May I met representatives of the Irish banking community to initiate a process of closer co-operation between the Department of Enter...More Button

The answer is in the use of the word “excessive” which the Deputy used. It has been reported to us — I am sure Deputy Bruton, the main Opposition party spokesperson, has heard similar reports — that ...More Button

No. I think both can be pursued simultaneously, that we can look for a reduction in the spread. People will argue, as the Deputy's party leader argued consistently, that the cost margins and the por...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers - Industrial Relations Legislation.

Was asked: whether he has satisfied himself that the procedure under section 38 (2) of the Industrial Relations Act, provides the flexibility needed to resolve problems such as those facing TEAM Aer Lingus; and ...More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the operation of section 38 (2) of the Industrial Relations Act; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 and 40 together. Section 38 (2) of the Industrial Relations Act, 1990, enables the Minister for Enterprise and Employment to request the Labour Relations Commission,...More Button

My reference to section 38 (2), following the sequence of events, was a correct usage of the section. The manner in which the Labour Relations Commission went about its business was correct. The set...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers - Naturalisation Applications.

Was asked: the functions of his Department in regard to applications for naturalisation under the business migration scheme; the conditions for investment as part of this scheme; if a shareholding must be taken;...More Button

The Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act, 1956, as amended in 1986, provides that the Minister for Justice shall have absolute discretion to grant an application for a certificate of naturalisation, ...More Button

The Deputy asked a number of supplementaries, all of which I will attempt to address. My Department has a specific function when requested by the Department of Justice — and only when requested by th...More Button

If I had been aware the Deputy had a specific application in mind and if he had put down the question in the form of a written question rather than in a series of supplementaries I would be in a posit...More Button

As I said in my reply, it is normal practice for the Department of Justice to consult my Department on an administrative, not a statutory, basis. Precisely because of some of the concerns expressed b...More Button

The review process established by the Government consisting of my Department and the Departments of Justice and Foreign Affairs will take into account all the concerns expressed recently with the inte...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers - FÁS Employment Service.

Was asked: his views on the establishment of a national job placement and guidance service.More Button

FÁS currently provides an employment service in line with its functions under the Labour Services Act, 1987. My Department and FÁS are currently looking at ways in which the service can be developed ...More Button

I am aware of the concerns expressed most recently by the National Economic and Social Forum report, No. 4, which made suggestions in relation to changes in the employment placement service. FÁS has ...More Button

That is one of the areas being examined in the light of the NESF report as well as the whole question of how we can improve FÁS placement services. There are, as I may have told the Deputy on a previo...More Button

We are examining that matter for the precise reason the Deputy has alluded to, to establish a detailed profile of the people who are signing on and may not visit FÁS offices with a view to determining...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers - County Enterprise Boards.

Was asked: his views on whether delays have taken place in the processing of grant applications; the reasons for these delays; and the actions, if any, he proposes to take to rectify the situation.More Button

Was asked: his views on whether delays have taken place in the processing of grant applications; the reasons for these delays; and the actions, if any, he proposes to take to rectify the situation.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 9 and 58 together. I assume that the Deputies are referring to the approval of grants from the county enterprise fund, which are approved by the county enterprise boar...More Button

At present the legal format to enable the county enterprise boards to be established with a limited guarantee is being finalised. They will then have a degree of discretion which they do not currentl...More Button

Apart from the normal safeguards relating to the distribution of public moneys, it is the intention that the boards will have discretion.More Button

That is the intention.More Button

The intention is that county enterprise boards will have maximum autonomy to make those decisions. They will obviously notify the Department once decisions have been made because there will have to b...More Button

Under the guidelines which are broad, individual applications will be approved at local level and will not have to be cleared at national level as is the case under the present system.More Button

There is always a dilemma when a Government attempts to devolve decision-making and autonomy to local level because it must do so without any — or a minimum level — of interference. If, say, a sum of ...More Button

Because of the nature of the Deputy's question I want to give him an accurate answer, subject to confirmation in writing if necessary. Individual cheques will no longer be sent from the Department of...More Button

That is why we must have the boards legally established and I regret it is taking longer than envisaged. It would be a matter for the board to obtain a block allocation as in the case of the IDA who,...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers - Research and Development Spending.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to strong criticism from industry of his announcement made on 14 June 1994, that Government funding for research and development is to be cut by £7 million in the comin...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers - In-Company Training.

Was asked: his views on the position of IBEC in relation to the lack of sufficient resources for incompany training in industry; his further views on whether there is an imbalance between the amount of money spe...More Button

Was asked: his views on the position of IBEC in relation to the lack of sufficient resources for incompany training in industry; his further views on whether there is an imbalance between the amount of money spe...More Button

Was asked: whether he has satisfied himself with the emphasis within our training budgets on training for those at work in industry.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions Oral Answers - Long-Term Unemployment.

Was asked: the targeted reduction which he plans to achieve in the numbers of long term unemployed over the next five years.More Button

The whole purpose of Government policy in relation to enterprise and employment is to achieve the maximum increase in employment levels and in this way to reduce the numbers of the unemployed, includi...More Button

I accept the accuracy of the Deputy's statistics. Perhaps he should have added that since I came to office the numbers on the live register have been reduced by 13,000. It is sad that the longer som...More Button

Private Members' Business. - TEAM Aer Lingus Dispute.

I intend to share my time with Deputies Kemmy and Brian Fitzgerald.More Button

As is well known to all Members and everybody involved in this dispute, TEAM Aer Lingus is faced with a major financial crisis which will lead to the closure of the company unless immediate steps are ...More Button

I have it here.More Button

I restated it.More Button

If it will help the House, the script was prepared right up to the commencement of the debate and the end part was not typed. I do not have the end pages but I am prepared to circulate them, if that ...More Button

Which is different from what I actually said.More Button

I said to discuss the proposals.More Button

Nothing to do with TEAM Aer Lingus.More Button

£175 million.More Button

£175 million — a commitment made and delivered. (Interruptions.)More Button

The Deputy's party wanted to privatise the service.More Button

There is no dictation.More Button

Written Answers. - Import Substitution.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to establish a joint venture company with Forbairt and An Bord Tráchtála to achieve targeted growth in import substitution.More Button

I take it that the Deputy is referring to a recommendation of the recently published report of the small business task force which calls for the establishment of a limited company, to be jointly owne...More Button

Written Answers. - Small Business Expansion Loan Scheme.

Was asked: whether the service sector will be eligible for the small business loan scheme.More Button

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to assist a company (details supplied) in County Roscommon which has put a proposal to his Department to establish a major native cut flower industry.More Button

Was asked: if he will review the minimum loan provision of £50,000 in the recently announced loan scheme for small business in view of the fact that it will automatically exclude many small businesses from benef...More Button

Was asked: if he will review the minimum size of loan under the enterprise fund.More Button

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 14, 42, 55 and 67 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Apprentice Recruitment.

Was asked: if the numbers of apprentices recruited are up to the desirable levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

While the intake of apprentices varies from year to year there has been a trend of reducing numbers over the last few years. This downward trend is of concern as it could lead to shortages of skilled...More Button

Written Answers. - Health and Safety Authority.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that the level of staffing in the Health and Safety Authority is adequate for its increasing workload.More Button

I am aware of the workload imposed on the Health and Safety Authority under the provisions of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989. For this reason I am pleased to say that I have succeed...More Button

Written Answers. - Motor and Employer Liability Insurance.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to introduce legislation dealing with motor and employer liability insurance; if he has such plans, when the legislation will be introduced; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Proposals aimed at reducing the very high cost of motor and employer liability insurance in Ireland are at an advanced stage of examination by my Department. Consultations are taking place with relev...More Button

Written Answers. - FÁS Training Courses.

Was asked: the progress of the EC funded evaluation unit in evaluating FÁS training courses to ensure the benefits of those courses are maximised for the participants and are cognisant of the job needs of the ma...More Button

The European Social Fund Programme Evaluation Unit reviews the effectiveness of all training and employment measures supported through the European Union. These measures are delivered by Government D...More Button

Written Answers. - Forbairt Targets.

Was asked: the targets, if any, he has set for Forbairt against which its success will be judged; and if he will provide an opportunity for scrutiny by the Oireachtas of such bodies.More Button

As the Deputy is no doubt aware, the establishment of Forbairt on 1 January, 1994 brought together the functions of the former Eolas and the indigenous industry division of the former IDA. In so far ...More Button

Written Answers. - Wage Increases.

Was asked: the concerns, if any, he has regarding the application of the same wage increase in both the fast growing modern sectors and the vulnerable traditional sectors of the economy.More Button

Consensus on responsible income developments at national level, and the degree of certainty this produces for business, within the framework of sound macroeconomic policies, plays a vital role in achi...More Button

Written Answers. - Ministerial Appointment.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to designate a Minister of State with sole responsibility for small business as has been recommended by the task force.More Button

The question of ministerial responsibility for small business is a matter I have under active consideration and I will be making an announcement in that regard in due course.More Button

Written Answers. - Employees' Working Conditions.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to amend the Unfair Dismissals Act in respect of employers with fewer than 20 workers, and to seek derogations from planned EU Directives governing working conditions.More Button

The Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977-93 are a fundamental part of our labour legislation and any changes in this area need to be carefully assessed and debated. This is precisely what was done in the most...More Button

Written Answers. - County Enterprise Board Projects.

Was asked: the length of time for payment to be made from his Department for projects approved by the county enterprise boards; if he has satisfied himself with the present system that operates where all payment...More Button

Payments on foot of county enterprise fund grants are made on the basis of expenditure by the grantees on the project, vouched as paid. It is primarily a matter for the relevant county enterprise offi...More Button

Written Answers. - Discussions with Banks.

Was asked: whether he has had discussions with the banks regarding the spread in their lending rates which is adversely affecting small business.More Button

Chapter 3 of the report of the Task Force on Small Business deals with the question of finance for small business. The report refers to movements over the past six years in the differential between t...More Button

Written Answers. - Directorship Regulations.

Was asked: his views on whether the obligations imposed by law or directives is reducing the willingness of people to take up directorships, particularly in a non-executive capacity; and if he will make a statem...More Button

I propose to deal with this question in the context of the Companies Acts, 1963 to 1990, and the EU company law directives which apply to directors of companies. One of the essential objectives of com...More Button

Written Answers. - Newspaper Industry.

Was asked: his views on whether Irish newspapers are disadvantaged compared to imported newspapers from the United Kingdom; the proposals, if any, he has in this regard in the context of safeguarding the employm...More Button

Was asked: whether his attention has been drawn to concerns expressed by Irish national newspapers about the future of the newspaper industry in Ireland; his policy on this issue; and if he will make a statement...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 31 and 103 together. I am aware of the concerns of Irish national newspapers, particularly their concerns about competition from newspapers published abroad.More Button

Written Answers. - Impending Redundancies.

Was asked: the number of employers who notified him of impending collective redundancies during the course of the past 12 months; the number of cases in which he requested the employer concerned to enter into co...More Button

The Protection of Employment Act, 1977, is the legislation under which my Department is notified of collective redundancies. The main purpose of the Act, which is based on a 1975 EC Directive on col...More Button

Written Answers. - IDA Job Creation.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the end of year statement of the IDA for 1993; his views on whether the net increase of 500 jobs created represents a satisfactory return for the £150 million of public ...More Button

It is not appropriate to compare the jobs created in 1993 with the public funds received by IDA in that year. While some of the jobs created in 1993 were, of course, a consequence of investment made ...More Button

Written Answers. - NET/IFI Debt.

Was asked: in regard to the current difficult situation facing NET/IFI, the proposals, if any, he has to write off or otherwise reduce the level of debt facing the company; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Since the matter is rather complex, I would like to go into some detail on the NET/IFI situation. In 1987 NET's fertiliser operations and the compound fertiliser operations of Richardsons in Belfast...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Aid to Industry.

Was asked: the number of industries which have their own research and development facilities which have received grant aid; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In 1993 and 1994, a total of 265 companies received research and development grant-aid under the old IDA R & D scheme and the industry R & D Initiative. The criteria used in assessing applications for...More Button

Written Answers. - Semi-State New Business Opportunities.

Was asked: the number of new business opportunities that have been developed by companies in the semi-State sector in the past two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I do not have control of or responsibility for semi-State companies as such. Consequently, it is not a matter for which I can or should require State companies to report to me on specifics. State ent...More Button

Written Answers. - Training Certification Board.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to establish the new certification board for training under his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Department of Enterprise and Employment is having discussions with the Department of Education on the establishment of the new National Education and Training Certification Board (NETCB). Followin...More Button

Written Answers. - Funding for Emigrant Advice and Counselling Services.

Was asked: the arrangements that have been made to provide funding for emigrant advice and counselling services; the plans, if any, he has to provide additional funding for this valuable service for emigrants; a...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide funding to the emigrant advice and counselling service to assist it in the service it is providing.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 46 and 102 together. My Department allocates assistance to voluntary organisations in Britain which provide advisory and welfare services for Irish emigrants there. T...More Button

Written Answers. - Funding for Small Businesses.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to difficulties for small businesses in getting access to training assistance and grants for the employment of graduates; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am not aware of any particular difficulties being experienced by small businesses in obtaining training assistance. In fact the training support scheme operated by FÁS which is available to firms e...More Button

Written Answers. - Price of Magazines.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to concerns about the mark-up on certain magazines on sale in Ireland compared to the price in their country of origin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There is no official price control on traders' margins. In my reply to Dáil Question No. 80, on 14 June 1994, I indicated that pricing arrangements for imported magazines and newspapers may be anti-co...More Button

Written Answers. - Establishment of New Joint Labour Committees.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to introduce joint labour committees for the purpose of securing minimum wages in any new sectors.More Button

I have no proposals to make application to the Labour Court for the establishment of any new joint labour committees. I am of the view, generally, that any proposals in this regard are best made by t...More Button

Written Answers. - Workers' Representation.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the recent study published in Industrial Relations News which shows that over half of the new firms employing more than 100 workers were non-union operations; his vi...More Button

I have noted the contents of the article published in Industrial Relations News on 21 April, 1994 concerning employee relations in greenfield sites. I understand that the article was based on researc...More Button

Written Answers. - Employment Incentive Scheme.

Was asked: the total number of jobs created under the employment incentive scheme; the total number of people still in such positions; the total expenditure paid out under the scheme and the average amount paid ...More Button

The employment incentive scheme has operated as a social scheme since the end of 1989 with the objective of encouraging employers to recruit persons who are long term unemployed, early school leavers ...More Button

Written Answers. - Incentives for Clothing and Footwear Sectors.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to extend the incentives for improved competitiveness in clothing and footwear to other sectors.More Button

The initiatives to improve competitiveness in the clothing and footwear industries were introduced in response to the special needs of these sectors and I have no plans to extend them to other sector...More Button

Written Answers. - Supports for Indigenous Industry.

Was asked: the changes, if any, that have been made in the supports administered by Forbairt available to indigenous industry since the establishment of that body.More Button

Since its establishment on 1 January, 1994, Forbairt has been operating the various forms of support available to industry prior to the setting up of the new agency. Forbairt has a wide variety of too...More Button

Written Answers. - Commercial Rates on Small Businesses.

Was asked: if he will consider allocating funds to remove the commercial rates burden from small businesses for their first two years of operation.More Button

The question of rates for small business is one for my colleague, the Minister for the Environment and the local authorities. The Task Force on Small Business recommended that increases in commercial ...More Button

Written Answers. - Settlement of Accounts of Public Bodies.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to introduce legislation which would provide for interest payments where the payment terms in a public sector contract are not observed.More Button

The Task Force on Small Business recommended that legislation be introduced to require public bodies to settle their accounts by the end of the month following issue of an invoice. Where they fail t...More Button

Written Answers. - Corporation Profits Tax.

Was asked: the assessment, if any, he has made of the proposal that certain State agencies should designate service activities that would qualify for the 10 per cent corporation profit tax rate; and if he will m...More Button

Presumably the Deputy is referring to the proposal in the report of the Task Force on Jobs in Services, recommending that consideration be given to changing the rate of corporation tax in respect of c...More Button

Written Answers. - Unemployment Statistics.

Was asked: the Dublin region unemployment rate compared to the national average; the measures, if any, he intends to introduce to rebalance this; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The collation of statistics on the rate of unemployment is a matter for the Central Statistics Office. According to information supplied to me, the Labour Force Survey shows that the unemployment rate...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Arrangements.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, he has for child care facilities for parents who are trainees.More Button

I am of the opinion that the issue of child care arrangements for parents who are trainees must be considered in the context of an overall framework for child care arrangements generally. The Minister...More Button

Written Answers. - Research and Development Funding.

Was asked: the amount of finance made available in the years 1993 and 1994 from Exchequer and EU sources for basic research; the percentage this investment represents of gross domestic product; the number of com...More Button

The most recent data in relation to spending on basic research in Ireland is in respect of 1992. In that year, total Government spending on basic research activities amounted to £9.9 million. This fi...More Button

Written Answers. - Industrial Development Strategy.

Was asked: whether the recent EU Commission decisions on funding has meant changes in the strategy to be pursued by his Department under the National Development Plan, 1994 to 1999.More Button

There will be no change in the industrial development strategy being pursued by my Department and by the agencies under its aegis. This strategy seeks to promote the development of a strong internatio...More Button

Written Answers. - County Waterford Unemployment Crisis.

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made for officials of his Department to organise a forum in Waterford embracing all the relevant Government employment creating agencies in the county and city, together w...More Button

I have no plans for the establishment of such a forum.More Button

Written Answers. - Community Enterprise Programme.

Was asked: if he intends increasing the grant aid support under the community enterprise programme; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is underfunding for applications already on file; and if...More Button

Expenditure of £1.5 million is projected for the Community Enterprise Programme which represents an increase of £0.1 million approximately over the 1993 expenditure level of £1.400 million approximate...More Button

Written Answers. - Carbon/Energy Tax Proposal.

Was asked: if he has assessed the impact of a carbon tax on Irish industry and services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Since the original EU proposal in June `92 for a carbon/energy tax a number of differing proposals have also been considered by EU member states, but as yet none of these proposals has received suffic...More Button

Written Answers. - Competition Authority.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the operation of the Competition Act, 1991, and the present backlog of cases that have to be dealt with by the Competition Authority; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: the number of cases awaiting decision by the Competition Authority; and the average annual rate at which cases are decided.More Button

Was asked: the changes, if any, to the 1991 Competition Act he is currently considering; and when he will introduce new legislation.More Button

Was asked: the additional powers he plans to give to the Competition Authority; when it is expected that the additional powers will be provided.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 104, 105, 106 and 111 together. In regard to the backlog, the Authority has, at my request, drawn up a work programme designed to make significant inroads into the num...More Button

Written Answers. - Control of Absenteeism.

Was asked: the support and assistance, if any, that is available to enterprises from his Department to address the problem of absenteeism in the work-place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The control of absenteeism is a key element in managing an organisation and is, therefore, the responsibility of management at the work-place. Experience has indicated that those enterprises which hav...More Button

Written Answers. - Implementation of EC Directives.

Was asked: the EC directives, if any, his Department has failed to implement; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On 1 June 1994 there were 14 EU Directives where the date for transposition into national law had passed and where the necessary Irish legislative measures were still in preparation. A list of these ...More Button

Written Answers. - Vaccination for Health Workers.

Was asked: when he intends to implement the EU directive whereby hepatitis B vaccination will be made available free of charge to health workers, including doctors and local authority workers, at risk from expos...More Button

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations (S.I. No. 146 of 1994) implement the EU Directive referred to by the Deputy. Under the terms of these Regulations employers are...More Button

Written Answers. - Implementation of Task Force Recommendation.

Was asked: the progress made to date in implementing the report of the Task Force on Services.More Button

The Small Business and Services Division which I have recently established in my Department, was set up to implement the recommendations in the reports of the task force on (i) services and (ii) small...More Button

Written Answers. - Training Schemes.

Was asked: the number of trainees on social employment schemes, community enterprise development programmes and Teamwork schemes at the end of 1993.More Button

There was a total of 21,866 participants on the social employment scheme, the community employment development programme and Teamwork at the end of December, 1993. Of these, 15,598 were engaged on the...More Button

Written Answers. - Health and Safety Authority Report.

Was asked: the progress that has been made with regard to the publication of the Health and Safety Authority report following incidents in 1993; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I presume that the Deputy is referring to five particular incidents which occurred at factories in counties Cork, Kilkenny and Dublin in the second half of 1993. The House will recall that, in reply t...More Button

Written Answers. - Price Fixing.

Was asked: the outcome of the study which he initiated into alleged collusion within the licensed trade in the setting of prices; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Director of Consumer Affairs has widened his investigation into alleged price collusion in the licensed trade because of other related practices within the trade which have come to his attention s...More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Rights.

Was asked: if he will make an order enabling former Comhlucht Siúicra Éireann Teoranta employees now employed at FÁS to have their pension rights transferred from Comhlucht Siúicra Éireann Teoranta to FÁS.More Button

The public sector transfer network is a voluntary scheme whereby service may be transferred, for pension purposes, between participating organisations. Such organisations can be public or private. A...More Button

Written Answers. - Developing the West Together Report.

Was asked: the consideration, if any, he has given to the recommendations in the report, Developing the West Together, in so far as they relate to matters for which he and agencies under his control are responsi...More Button

The Government considered the report of the task force set up to advise on the recommendations contained in the document A Crusade for Survival. On 28 April 1994, the Government issued a statement, de...More Button

Written Answers. - Research and Development.

Was asked: the reason Ireland's number of research and technology development personnel has been identified as 2.6 per 1,000 employees in businesses as against an EU average of six; the comparable figures ten ye...More Button

I assume that the question refers to “Business R & D personnel per thousand of the labour force”, which is the only internationally comparable data available in this area. The term “labour force” inc...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Aid for Technical Assistance.

Was asked: if his Department has received EU aid for technical assistance under the Community Support Framework; and if so, the amount in the period 1989-93.More Button

My Department received technical assistance from the European Social Fund and the Regional Development Fund during the period 1989-93. This aid was for the preparation, implementation and Community In...More Button


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