Bruton, John

Tuesday, 21 February 1995

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 449 No. 4

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Taoiseach's Public Relations Budget.

Was asked: the public relations budget which has been allocated to his Department.More Button

An estimate of £30,000 — or 10 per cent of my Department's overall allocation for consultancy services — has been tentatively provided for public relations consultants. As I mentioned in the House on ...More Button

This relates to consultancy services in general. We are simply saying that 10 per cent of the consultancy services in general are pencilled in for public relations consultants, which is what Deputy ...More Button

One learns to ignore these things.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Copenhagen Summit Attendance.

Was asked: if he intends to accept the invitation issued to him to attend the Copenhagen World Summit for Social Development to be held from 6 to 12 March 1995.More Button

I have accepted the invitation to attend the United Nations World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen. I look forward to participating.More Button

If the Deputy wishes to look at the overall increase in the amount being provided for social welfare this year that people will have in their pockets because of the earlier payment date of the increas...More Button

The increases in social welfare, both in terms of rates and of the amounts received, are substantially greater than the rate of inflation; in other words, those on social welfare will be better off as...More Button

Has Deputy Ahern checked on this with his colleague, Deputy Brennan, whom I recently heard on radio complain that there was too great an increase in public spending in this budget? The Leader of his ...More Button

It seems we are experiencing a degree of schizophrenia on the Opposition benches in terms of policy.More Button

In contrast, my predecessor spent £30,000 on public relations. I do not intend to spend a fraction of that sum.More Button

That matter can be raised by the Deputy in the debate on the Finance Bill.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Government Buildings Visitors.

Was asked: the estimated number of visitors to Government Buildings since they were opened to the public on Saturdays in June 1992; and if he intends to continue this practice.More Button

Over 24,500 people have visited Government Buildings since the Saturday tours started in 1992. I am happy to continue this practice.More Button

I am quite happy to give credit to my predecessor for the decision to open Government Buildings to the public. The opening of the Custom House and Iveagh House to visitors is a matter for the Departm...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Northern Ireland Peace Process.

Was asked: where the Summit with the British Prime Minister will be held; the format the summit will take; and the form the presentation of the results of the Summit with the British Prime Minister will take.More Button

Was asked: asked the Taoiseach, in view of the imminent publication of the Framework Document, the steps, if any, he is taking to assuage Unionist fears by seeking to address the people directly on the matter. [More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 4 and 5 together. I am pleased to inform the House that the British Prime Minister and I will hold a special summit meeting in Hillsborough, County Down, tomorrow to f...More Button

Regarding the latter part of the Deputy's question, it has been accepted by successive Governments that we have not been involved in the preparation of that document within strand one. It has been ac...More Button

I stress that the Government is anxious to facilitate the opening of discussions on the framework document and any visits to Northern Ireland would be designed to achieve that end. Obviously one has ...More Button

The Government will make a statement about what we are willing to do in circumstances where agreement has been reached on other matters. In a sense we are creating in that statement part of the frame...More Button

There is an understanding between the Governments as to steps we would take on the Constitution and in the British Government's case in regard to their constitutional legislation contingent on an agre...More Button

It would be fair to say that certain elements of sequence are implicit in the whole arrangement. Obviously, the first step, apart from the publication of the document, is agreement being reached betwe...More Button

We will be making very clear in the Framework Document and in answer to questions arising from it the exact constitutional commitments we are giving; there will be no lack of clarity in that regard. ...More Button

I know it is correct, but I have come to a somewhat different judgment as to the appropriate way to proceed. I know that the Deputy's pressing of the question is designed to be helpful.More Button

As I said in answer to Deputy Ahern, neither this Government nor its predecessor has been involved in elaboration of detail in regard to the strand one paper which is to be published tomorrow and ther...More Button

I do not want to leave that question unanswered. Basically the two documents are feeding simultaneously into a process of discussion leading towards agreement. It is hoped they will complement one a...More Button

——which, as the Deputy correctly said, is based on the principle that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.More Button

I am not going.More Button

Order of Business.

It is proposed to take Nos. 5 and 1. Private Members' Business shall be No. 11.More Button

This legislation is at an advanced stage of preparation. I believe it is normal, where compliance with EU rules is one of the objectives of the legislation, that there should be consultation with the...More Button

I am bound by the rulings of the Chair, as is the Deputy.More Button

This year.More Button

No, I have not.More Button

The wording will be published when it is ready. It is the intention of the Government to hold the referendum this year. I understand the previous Government had intended to hold the referendum in Ma...More Button

The Government will bring forward legislation on defamation when it is ready. The House has resolved that a Second Reading should be given to legislation promoted by the Deputy's party, nine months f...More Button

I am indicating that I, like the Deputy, will abide by the rulings of the Chair.More Button

The Government has commenced the preparation of legislation to amend the Arterial Drainage Acts, the purpose of which is to allow localised drainage to be undertaken under those Acts. Currently the p...More Button

There are two separate judgments in the general area of the reporting of incest cases. The Minister for Justice has this matter under very active review and I expect she will bring forward proposals ...More Button

I am not in a position to give the Deputy details about mental health legislation at this stage, but I will come back to him on this matter tomorrow.More Button

The legislation concerning privilege of witnesses is at an advanced stage of preparation and I hope to have it before the House in the first half of this year.More Button

Yes, they will. (Interruptions.)More Button

The Government will shortly announce its decision on that matter.More Button

That legislation was approved at Cabinet today and it will be published shortly.More Button

We have a very inquisitive Opposition.More Button

I wish to be as helpful as possible to the Opposition.More Button

Yes.More Button

The Green Paper will be followed by a White Paper, which will be followed eventually by legislation.More Button

The Green Paper is at an advanced stage of preparation and I expect it to be published during the first half of this year.More Button

There is no safety legislation promised.More Button

I am not in a position to add to the information conveyed to the Deputy by way of letter.More Button

Written Answers - Attendance at Dáil Committees.

Was asked: the appointees to high office in this State who, it is envisaged, will be obliged to report to relevant Dáil Committees under the Government's recently published Dáil reform package; and if he will ma...More Button

The Government's programme envisaged that all appointees to high office in the State, e.g. the Attorney General, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Comptroller and Auditor General, the Governor...More Button

Written Answers - Urban Programme.

Was asked: the applications received under the URBAN programme; and those selected for funding.More Button

Forty-four proposals were received in my Department from local authorities, other organisations, community groups and individuals relating to the URBAN Initiative. A applications for URBAN must be in...More Button

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