Quinn, Ruairí

Tuesday, 4 February 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 474 No. 3

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Written Answers. - Abolition of Charges.

Was asked: the cost to the Exchequer in 1996 if charges such as library charges and fire brigade charges had been abolished.More Button

The Minister for Finance has no function in this matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Petrol-Diesel Prices in Northern Ireland.

Was asked: if he will publish the figures in relation to petrol and diesel prices in Northern Ireland which allowed the Taoiseach, during the debate on the Financial Resolutions, to justify that there was still ...More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the relevant price figures are as set out as follows. All amounts shown are based on retail prices per litre observed in Dublin and Newry; at two and fo...More Button

Written Answers. - Scrappage Scheme.

Was asked: the provision of the car scrappage scheme with particular reference to the requirement for garages to ensure that cars are actually scrapped; if his attention has been drawn to reports in the media th...More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that a person wishing to avail of the car scrappage scheme has the option of either arranging directly for the car to be scrapped at one of the ten approved ...More Button

Written Answers. - Capital Gains Tax.

Was asked: the amount of capital gains tax received from the sale of houses in private rented accommodation in each of the years from 1993 to 1996.More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the information requested by the Deputy is not recorded in such a manner as would enable this category of taxpayer to be readily identified. To obtain ...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Costs.

Was asked: the total legal costs incurred by his Department in 1995 for professional legal services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The total expenditure incurred by offices under my aegis for professional legal services in 1995 was £6.050 million. The expenditure was met from the following Votes: Office of the Attorney General, ...More Button

Written Answers. - VAT Rebate.

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made to issue a VAT rebate to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the person concerned applied for a VAT repayment on 23 September 1996 for the July-August 1996 period in the sum of £5,144. On 7 October last the trade...More Button

Written Answers. - Duty-Free Shops.

Was asked: the situation in relation to proposed EU laws to close duty free shops; the current deadline in this regard; the efforts, if any, made to seek an extension of this deadline; the likely effect on emplo...More Button

The provisions of EU Directives 91/680/EEC and 92/12/EEC, agreed as part of the tax measures establishing the EU single market, authorise the continuation, until 30 June 1999, of duty free shopping fa...More Button

Written Answers. - Tax Reliefs.

Was asked: the current tax exemption given on the taxation of redundancy or retirement lump sums; when the current regulations were introduced; if these regulations are indexed linked or adjusted for inflation; ...More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the current legislation in relation to tax relief in respect of redundancy lump sum payments is section 115 of the Income Tax Act, 1967, as amended by s...More Button

Written Answers. - Taxation of Couples.

Was asked: if the issue of the tax problems of co-habit-ing couples will be dealt with in the 1997 Finance Bill in view of previous discussions and the undertaking that the issue would be addressed when divorce ...More Button

This is an issue which is being kept under on-going review and proposals in this area, if any, are a matter for consideration in the context of the Finance Bill to be published in the next few months.More Button

Written Answers. - Ministerial Pensions.

Was asked: if Dáil, Seanad or ministerial pensions will be withdrawn from holders who are elected to assemblies outside the active control of the State, namely the House of Commons, Northern Ireland forum and ot...More Button

The Deputy will be aware from my reply to his question of 18 June 1996 that there is no provision allowing for the withdrawal of Oireachtas or ministerial pensions in the circumstances outlined in the...More Button

Written Answers. - VAT Liability.

Was asked: if the Revenue Commissioners have issued a direction in connection with the alleged liability of betting offices for VAT on satellite information services; if the Allied Betting Offices Association, o...More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the question of VAT liability on services received by bookmakers from Satellite Information Services, SIS, which are based in the UK, has been under con...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of public servants in areas falling within the remit of his Department who are currently on career breaks; and the number who have been waiting over two months to return to work.More Button

The following is the information requested by the Deputy:More Button

Written Answers. - National Lottery Revenue.

Was asked: the total revenue from national lottery ticket sales in Youghal, County Cork, from the launch of the national lottery to the end of January 1997.More Button

The information sought would be regarded as commercial information, confidential to the National Lottery Company, which it would not be appropriate to disclose publicly.More Button

Written Answers. - EU Funding.

Was asked: Ireland's net income from the EU over each of the past five years; his views on the effects this money has had on stimulating our economy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Ireland's net income from the EU over each of the past five years is as follows: 1991, £1,853m; 1992, £1,604.6m; 1993, 1,791.8m; 1994, 1,335.9m; 1995, 1,480.2m; 1996, 1,436.0 (est). Over the period 19...More Button

Written Answers. - Remit of Ombudsman.

Was asked: if the Government has extended the remit of the Ombudsman to cover voluntary hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The current position is that under the terms of the Ombudsman Acts, 1980-84, the Ombudsman has powers to investiate complaints about Departments and public service organisations under his remit in re...More Button

Written Answers. - Tax Allowances.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Cork is in receipt of his due allowances when determining his income tax liability.More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the taxpayer has been granted the maximum allowances due to him, i.e., exemption limit of £10,250 — married couple under 65 years of age with five depen...More Button

Written Answers. - Private Company Investment.

Was asked: if he will seek ways to encourage business angels and other private investors to invest directly in private companies in view of the fact that BES and venture capital funds are not freely available an...More Button

The BES currently applies to qualifying companies operating in a range of economic sectors where the level of risk is high and the required pay-off to the State for tax assisted investment is jobs ret...More Button

Written Answers. - Tax Reliefs.

Was asked: the cost of reducing the capital gains tax rate from 26 per cent on a graduated basis depending on the length of ownership shares in private companies on a basis of nil tax if shares are held for 20 y...More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that basic data are not available which would enable the information requested by the Deputy to be provided. Information is not recorded in such a manner th...More Button

Written Answers. - Economic and Monetary Union.

Was asked: the steps, if any, being taken in the Border areas to prepare for economic and monetary union in view of the direct impact it will have not only on business but also for those working on a cross-Borde...More Button

The ESRI report on the economic implications for Ireland of economic and monetary union, which I commissioned last year, is a comprehensive analysis of the impact of economic and monetary union on the...More Button


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