Dempsey, Noel

Thursday, 29 June 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 522 No. 4

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Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the recently published national waste database report for 1998 states that there has been a reduction in the recovery rate from municipal waste since 1...More Button

Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - House Prices.

Was asked: the average price of a new house in Dublin at the end of the first quarter of 1997; the average price of a new house in Dublin at the end of the first quarter of 2000, or on the latest date for which ...More Button

Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - Local Authority Management Structures.

Was asked: if it is his policy to abolish city-county planning officer posts in the Dublin and Cork local authority areas and to replace these posts with a director of services - planning and development - posit...More Button

Proposals are being finalised for the creation of strengthened local authority management structures to meet the demands of the introduction of a programme based system of administration and the aboli...More Button

I have no concerns about the quality of the planning service that will be delivered under the structures for which the new directors of services will be responsible. As the Deputy is probably aware, t...More Button

I am aware of this issue which forms part of the Government's action on housing programme drawn up on foot of the two recent Bacon reports. I have held discussions with the Minister for Education and ...More Button

Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - Plastic Shopping Bags.

Was asked: when the proposed levy on plastic bags will come into operation; the steps being taken to ensure that retailers provide shoppers with alternatives to plastic bags; if he intends to apply the levy, on ...More Button

Following a public consultation process regarding the 1999 consultancy report on plastic shopping bags, I recently brought proposals to Government with regard to the implementation of our commitment t...More Button

It would be a waste of time and energy to levy this charge at source as it is consumers who are responsible for the bags ending up as visible litter pollutants caught in flagpoles, ditches, hedges, te...More Button

Ceisteanna–Questions. Priority Questions. - Professional Fees.

Was asked: if he has had considerations made, in consultation with other Departments, into the need to introduce legislation or regulations to restrict the cost of escalating professional fees in relation to the...More Button

Other Questions. - EPA Report.

Was asked: if he will make a full statement on the EPA's millennium report.More Button

Ireland's Environment: A Millennium report concludes that, overall, Ireland's environmental quality remains relatively good in comparison with that of most other European countries. The report also re...More Button

From what I have heard him say in this House, the Deputy has a wonderfully one-sided view of everything in life. He should look at the record of this Government on the environment.More Button

He should give us more support for the many advances we have made over the past two or three years. We are investing £3 billion in water services infrastructure. We are extending the successful water ...More Button

We have extended and strengthened local authority powers to make by-laws under the water pollution Acts. Air pollution monitoring is being increased around the country.More Button

I will if the Deputy gives me an opportunity to do so. He asked a series of questions. May I have an opportunity to answer or perhaps the Deputy does not want to hear the answer? More Button

Is that the only question the Deputy wants me to answer or does he want me to answer the remainder of the questions?More Button

We have extended the bituminous coal ban to further towns, meeting a specific commitment we made in An Action Programme for the Millennium. We completed the phasing out of leaded petrol from January 2...More Button

There were a number of provisions in relation to energy taxes and green taxes generally in the 1999 budget.More Button

A further green tax initiative was announced in the 2000 budget.More Button

I will read the Budget Statement and the Deputy will see it. The 2000 budget provision related to expanded use of low sulphur diesel in bus fleets.More Button

Other Questions. - Strategic Development Zones.

Was asked: if, in regard to his Department's document, Action on Housing, he will outline when the series of project offices will be established to fast-track infrastructural development in the proposed SDZs; an...More Button

The purpose of strategic development zones or SDZs is to ensure a much greater degree of certainty both in securing planning permission and the time horizon involved in relation to development that is...More Button

As I said in my reply, these SDZs will be put in place by Government order—More Button

—following consultation with local authorities to determine what sites can best be developed in that way.More Button

Discussions on all these matters will take place at the earliest date possible following commencement of the Bill. They cannot come into being until the Bill is in place.More Button

The Deputy is usually reasonably well-informed about these matters so he may be aware that the Bill has not yet been signed by the President.More Button

There is a meeting of the Council of State on Friday at which the Bill will be discussed. I do not know what the outcome of that meeting will be, so I will not be drawn into making predictions about p...More Button

The process for selection and for putting SDZs in place is outlined in the Planning and Development Bill and local public representatives will have a role. They will be consulted. In all cases the pro...More Button

Other Questions. - Greenhouse Gas Abatement Strategy.

Was asked: when he expects to publish the promised national greenhouse gas abatement strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the action, if any, he will take to enforce the Kyoto Protocol in relation to greenhouse gas emissions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 8 and 32 together. Ireland's target under the Kyoto Protocol is to limit the net increase in emissions of a basket of six greenhouse gases to 13% above 1990 levels in ...More Button

I do not accept the Deputy's final point that our allowance under the Kyoto Protocol was generous.More Button

Most sectors affected by the protocol regard it as much too stringent. The Deputy's party spoke in terms of 20% when the then Government was involved in negotiations. I had that reduced to 13%. The ta...More Button

The Government is not afraid to take difficult political decisionsMore Button

At times it would be nice if the Opposition was not so opportunistic when we take necessary difficult decisions. No work was done on national greenhouse gas emissions before I came to office because t...More Button

I am not misleading the House. Deputies appear to be asking questions to which they do not wish to hear answers. They simply wish to raise questions.More Button

I have no difficulty in answering questions. Scientific data had to be collected by consultants but decisions will be made by Government, not by consultants. Data are constantly being updated and on t...More Button

I thank the Deputy for that offer of support. We have an international obligation to meet these targets and I have undertaken to provide the necessary finance to meet our obligations. The IBEC is not ...More Button

The strategy will outline the measures to be taken across a range of sectors.More Button

If that were the case, it would be shameful. The Deputy confuses the lack of a draft strategy with a lack of action. A range of measures have been taken and policies adopted.More Button

I will read the list if Deputies wish to have the information: intensified energy efficiency and conservation programmes led by the Irish Energy Centre; the establishment of the Energy Advisory Board;...More Button

—the implementation of the EU SAVE programme; demand side management by the ESB; significant alternative and renewable energy programmes – AER 1,2 and 3; promotion of combined heat and power; improved...More Button

Since Kyoto we have introduced new revised technical guidance documents which accompany the building regulations to reduce energy in space heating. The waste strategy was launched in October 1998. Win...More Button

Other Questions. - Private Rented Sector.

Was asked: when he expects to receive the report of the Commission on the Private Rented Residential Sector; when it is intended to publish the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy does not want it when he gets it.More Button

Other Questions. - Road Safety.

Was asked: if, in regard to the recommendations contained in the road safety strategy document, published in August 1998, he will outline the recommendations that have been implemented and the ones that remain t...More Button

Was asked: the plans he has to introduce the long-promised points system for road traffic offences; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Other Questions. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in introducing the proposed new sewerage scheme at Tramore, County Waterford; and when he expects this to become operable.More Button

This scheme is included in the water services investment programme and was approved to advance through planning during 1999. I understand contract documents for the scheme are being finalised by Water...More Button

Yes, I have already indicated it is in the programme and there will be no delay. Written Answers follow Adjournment Debate.More Button

Written Answers. - Plastic Shopping Bags.

Was asked: the reason there were no proposals to tax the manufacturers with a levy for the manufacture of plastic bags or retailers who supply plastic bags; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the proposed 10p levy on plastic bags will be introduced; the cause of the delay in its introduction; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when the proposed levy on plastic bags will come into operation; the steps being taken to ensure retailers provide shoppers with alternatives to plastic bags; if he will apply the levy on a pro rata b...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 12, 39 and 57 together. I refer to the reply to Priority Question No. 4 of today's date.More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the criteria used in setting up the forum to develop a construction and demolition waste strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In accordance with waste legislation and policy, the construction industry bears the primary responsibility for the environmentally sound management of construction and demolition waste. In the first ...More Button

Written Answers. - Water Quality.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the adequacy of measures in place to monitor ground water quality; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - End-of-Life Vehicles.

Was asked: the progress made in regard to his discussions with the motor industry for measures for the safe and effective disposal of end of life vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department initiated discussions with the Society of the Irish Motor Industry in late 1997 with a view to the development by the industry of a producer responsibility initiative in relation to end-...More Button

Written Answers. - Construction Industry.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has for the registration or licensing of builders and building contractors; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The 1997 report of the Strategic Review Committee on the Construction Industry included a recommendation for a registration system for building contractors and subcontractors. The report recommended t...More Button

Written Answers. - Homeless Persons.

Was asked: the progress made to date in implementing the recommendations of the interdepartmental report, Homelessness - An Integrated Strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Public-Private Partnerships.

Was asked: his views on the comments made by a person (details supplied) in which he suggested that his Department was using public-private partnerships to force local authorities to hand over control of public ...More Button

At the time the statement referred to by the Deputy was made, I issued a press release in which I categorically denied that the use of public-private partnership projects had any bearing on the questi...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Tolling.

Was asked: the Government's policy in regard to the tolling of roads; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Development Plan 2000-2006 envisages significant private sector investment in national road development – some £1 billion of the £4.4 billion provided for national roads improvements in ...More Button

Written Answers. - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: the plans he has to review plans for the building of large scale incinerators in view of the recent warning from the United States Environmental Protection Agency on heightened fears concerning the to...More Button

The 1998 policy statement, Changing our Ways, recommended that local authorities identify and assess a range of waste treatment technologies, with a view to the development of an integrated waste mana...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will consult with the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation regarding the necessity to provide sewerage treatment plants in tourist resorts around the country in view of the fact that many...More Button

The recently published report by the European Commission on bathing water quality in 1999 indicates significant improvements compared to 1998. Some 98.3% of our bathing sites complied with the mandato...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Forum.

Was asked: if the first meeting of the housing forum, promised in the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness, has yet been held; if the membership has now been finalised; when it is expected to report; and if he ...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: the current average waiting time for driving tests; the centre with the longest waiting period; the steps that are being taken to reduce waiting times; the steps that are being taken to address the co...More Button

Written Answers. - National Spatial Strategy.

Was asked: the progress made to date in regard to preparations for the national spatial strategy; when it is expected that the strategy will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Substantial progress has been made on the mandate given by the Government to my Department to prepare a national spatial strategy which will translate the overall approach to regional development cont...More Button

Written Answers. - City Boundary.

Was asked: the communications if any, he has received from Waterford City Council regarding an extension of the Waterford city boundary into south Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has had no communication from Waterford Corporation concerning a proposed boundary extension, although I understand moves are under way locally to begin the formulation of a formal bound...More Button

Written Answers. - Air Quality.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to increase the level of air quality monitoring throughout the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Constituency Boundaries.

Was asked: when he expects the next revision of Dáil constituency boundaries and local election constituency boundaries to take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In relation to Dáil constituencies, section 5 of the Electoral Act, 1997, specifies that a constituency commission shall be established upon publication by the Central Statistics Office, following a c...More Button

Written Answers. - House Prices.

Was asked: the recent trend of house prices in Dublin and the comparative national figures; the measures he has considered to address the Dublin issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the main findings of the survey undertaken by his Department of the number of unfinished housing estates and the potential cost to local authorities of completing the estates; and if he will make a st...More Button

The question of the taking in charge of estates is essentially a matter for each individual local authority and my Department does not systematically collect such information. However, the Department ...More Button

Written Answers. - Private Rented Accommodation.

Was asked: when he will introduce legislation to improve security of tenure for tenants within the private rented sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: when it is expected that work will begin on the Kildare motorway by-pass; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the Roads Act, 1993, the National Roads Authority has overall statutory responsibility for the planning and supervision of works for the construction and maintenance of national roads. According...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: if he will increase the grant level for individual households who have to drill individual wells for domestic water supply and who do not have access to group water schemes or public water supplies; a...More Button

The minimum age of houses qualifying for these grants was recently reduced from ten to seven years but I have no proposals at present to increase the level of the grants themselves.More Button

Written Answers. - Private Rented Accommodation.

Was asked: the average increase in rents of private houses, apartments and flats over the past three years; if he expects this to continue; and if he has any proposals, by way of relief, for those affected.More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Guidelines.

Was asked: when he expects to receive the completed report from consultants on the likely impact of the draft retail planning guidelines on competition within the retail sector; if the report of the consultants ...More Button

Was asked: if in the light of recommendations from independent planning experts (details supplied) he is now of the view that the current retail planning guidelines which govern the square footage of shops such ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 35 and 153 together. In April 1999, I published draft retail planning guidelines for public consultation. The draft guidelines and a more detailed study on retail deve...More Button

Written Answers. - Road Network.

Was asked: if, having regard to the increased volumes of vehicular traffic, including heavy goods vehicles in cities, towns and villages, he will initiate a roads development programme including town and village...More Button

The national development plan includes an amount of £4.7 billion for the improvement and maintenance of the national road network in the period 2000 to 2006. This is a threefold increase in the level ...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: his views on the recent suggestion made by the general secretary of ICTU that local authorities should be given powers to allow them to buy, at agricultural prices, land zoned for housing; and if he w...More Button

Local authorities have extensive powers to acquire land compulsorily, as well as by agreement, for the purposes of any of their functions. The compensation to be paid is based on the rules set out in ...More Button

Written Answers. - Water Quality.

Was asked: his views of the recently published EPA document entitled Take Action Now, which warned that some parts of the country faced a high risk of E-coli contamination in drinking water; the steps being take...More Button

Written Answers. - Dublin Traffic Management.

Was asked: the incentives he has considered to encourage people not to drive their cars into the capital city in order to help reduce traffic congestion; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when it is expected to complete the upgrading of the transportation for the greater Dublin area, under the auspices of the Dublin Transportation Office; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 40 and 50 together. The Dublin Transportation Initiative strategy, which was published in 1995 with a planning horizon to 2011, provides the framework for a wide range...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Regulations.

Was asked: if, in regard to his Department's document, Action on Housing, he will outline the specific steps he intends to take to increase available resources in the planning system; and if he will make a state...More Button

I made the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations, 2000 (S.I. No. 181 of 2000) on 22 June 2000. The new regulations increase, subject to certain conditions, the size of extensions to ...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: when the report from National Rural Monitoring Committee on grant assistance to group sewerage schemes is expected to be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I expect the second annual report of the National Rural Water Monitoring Committee for the year ending June 2000 will be submitted to me and will be generally available before the end of October.More Button

Written Answers. - Dublin Traffic Management.

Was asked: if, in regard to his document, Action on Housing, he will outline when the standing committee comprising the Dublin Transportation Office, his Department, local authorities and public transport provid...More Button

The integration of public transport with new housing development is central to securing sustainable high density development and maximising the return on available serviced land particularly in the Du...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Licences.

Was asked: the total number of provisional driving licences which are currently on issue from his Department; the steps he is taking to reduce the number of provisional drivers on our roads; and if he will make ...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number of applicants on local authority housing waiting lists at the latest date for which figures are available; the number of local authority housing units completed during 1999, and to date dur...More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the number of local authorities which have measures in place to implement the packaging waste directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Air Pollution.

Was asked: if he has concerns with regard to the serious increase in air pollution in our cities, particularly the rise in PM10's (particulate pollution); the measures he will take to combat air pollution; the a...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the proposed Dungarvan sewerage scheme, County Waterford; when he expects that this will become operative; and if it will definitely include the Ballinacourty and Clonea ar...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 308 of 27 June 2000. It is a matter for the local authority to progress the scheme, which will serve the areas referred to, to the next stage.More Button

Written Answers. - Water Pollution.

Was asked: the target date by which the discharge of untreated sewage into watercourses from urban sewerage systems will have been definitively terminated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: the legal actions and complaints being investigated by the European Commission in regard to environmental matters here; the current position in respect of each; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

The position on legal actions and complaints being investigated by the European Commission in regard to environmental matters in Ireland which fall within the remit of my Department is as follows: The...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number on the waiting list for local authority housing in Cork city and county; and if they have any realistic prospects of being housed in the near future.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Management Structures.

Was asked: if it is his policy to abolish the post of city and county planning officers in the Dublin and Cork local authorities and replace the post by a director of ser vices position; and if he will clarify i...More Button

I refer to the reply to Priority Question No. 3 on today's Order Paper.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Policy.

Was asked: if, having regard to the lack of impact on the housing crisis of the Bacon (1) and Bacon (2) reports, he envisages major improvement in the housing situation with particular reference to the ability t...More Button

Written Answers. - National Polls.

Was asked: the progress made in regard to the introduction of electronic voting in the next general election; if it is intended to use electronic voting in some constituencies only; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Tenders have been invited for the necessary hardware and software for an electronic voting and counting system. When the successful contractor has been chosen and testing establishes that electronic v...More Button

Written Answers. - National Car Test.

Was asked: the minimum qualifications necessary for car inspectors at the national car testing centres; if he has satisfied himself that all personnel employed to carry out such tests are properly qualified; and...More Button

Written Answers. - Strategy on Homelessness.

Was asked: the short-term measures which can be introduced to address the problem and associated problems of homelessness especially people homeless in the Dublin area; if having regard to Parliamentary Question...More Button

Written Answers. - Homeless Persons.

Was asked: the breakdown of the age and gender of the 3,640 homeless people in Dublin, in view of the approximate 900 bed places available to the homeless; and if he will outline the likely other bed places wher...More Button

Was asked: if he will give a breakdown of the recoupment for the provision of accommodation for homeless people and asylum seekers over the past five years; the use of bed and breakfast, hotels and other such ac...More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Was asked: when an allocation will be made to Donegal County Council for the provision of group water schemes.More Button

I expect to announce details of block grant allocations to county councils shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Was asked: if he will make a decision concerning approval to Sligo Corporation for the inner relief road project to proceed.More Button

I intend to determine this matter as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Construction Tenders.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the number of sub-contractors and suppliers on civil engineering projects, such as road building, who have been adversely affected where main contractors have under-...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that contractors tendering for civil engineering projects in the public sector have underestimated the cost of the work in question and as a consequence fin...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 160 and 161 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Community Development Programme.

Was asked: if, further to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 100 of 1 June 2000 by the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs, he will outline the actions by his officials in the matter of a disp...More Button

Written Answers. - Boundary Fencing.

Was asked: if boundary fencing, in close proximity to the road either in national primary, national secondary or county roads, can contain barbed wire or electric fencing; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

There are legal powers available to local authorities, involving application to the District Court, to require a landowner to abate any nuisance to a public road caused by a barbed wire fence on land ...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Licences.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 137 of 21 June 2000 he is having examinations made into the possibility of adding any other states to the list of states recognised for the purpose of driving...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number of local authority houses allocated for tenancy in the years 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1998 and 1999; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of families or individuals who have been allocated tenancies by each local authority during the past 12 months.More Button

Was asked: the number of affordable houses made available to first time home seekers since the inception of the affordable housing proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of affordable houses made available to house purchasers in County Kildare since he first introduced the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of families or individuals who have occupied homes, under the affordable housing scheme, since it was first introduced in each local authority.More Button

Written Answers. - House Prices.

Was asked: the current average house price in Dublin and adjoining counties; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Affordable Housing Scheme.

Was asked: the current maximum SDA loan available to borrowers; the extent to which this loan now facilities the purchase of a dwelling for an average family in the greater Dublin area; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the number of houses likely to be made available under the public housing programme by the local authorities in County Kildare in the current year, having particular regard to the housing crisis and t...More Button

Was asked: if an audit has been carried out of lands available for residential development in Dublin and adjoining counties; the plans he has to maximise the number of residential units to be provided in the nea...More Button

Written Answers. - National Roads Programme.

Was asked: the progress to date in respect of advancement of the national roads programme as identified in the national development plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The national development plan includes an amount of £4.7 billion for the improvement and maintenance of the national road network in the period 2000 to 2006. This is a threefold increase in the level ...More Button

Written Answers. - Air Pollution.

Was asked: if levels of air pollution recorded at various locations throughout the country are a cause for concern; the plans, if any, to address the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Radon Gas Levels.

Was asked: the plans or proposals he has to address the issue of the high levels of radon gas through building regulations or otherwise; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I introduced building regulations and related technical guidance in 1997 requiring all new houses commencing on or after 1 July 1998 to incorporate radon protection measures. Technical guidance docume...More Button

Written Answers. - Driving Tests.

Was asked: when a driving test will be made available to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 who needs a licence for work; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Appointments.

Was asked: the names and number of appointees to state agencies, bodies or boards made by him in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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Written Answers. - Shared Ownership Scheme.

Was asked: the number of families or individuals who have occupied homes under the shared ownership scheme in each local authority during the past twelve months.More Button

Written Answers. - Private Rented Accommodation.

Was asked: the number of private rented units which have been registered with each local authority for the most recent date for which data is available; and if he has satisfied himself with the level of complian...More Button

Written Answers. - Average House Prices.

Was asked: the average price for a new house and a second hand house for each of the years 1990 to 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - National Car Test.

Was asked: the number of cars tested for each of the months January to June 2000 for the national car test; the number passed; the numbers failed; the number passed on re-examination; the years the cars were man...More Button

Written Answers. - Electoral Legislation.

Was asked: if candidates' photographs and party logos will appear on ballot papers for future elections; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 152 of 7 June 2000.More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to introduce specific legislation to deal with the remediation of contaminated sites; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that there are sufficient regulations in place between the EPA and the local authorities in relation to public access to licence applications for remediation of contaminate...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 184 and 185 together. A waste management plan made by a local authority under Part II of the Waste Management Act, 1996, is required to include information on, or othe...More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Was asked: his views on the need for increased funding towards regional and county roads for 2000 in light of increased tax receipts especially from the sale of new cars; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Funding for non-national roads has increased significantly in recent years from £174.8 million in 1997 to £263.74 million in 2000 – an increase of 51%. I am satisfied that this increased level of cent...More Button

Written Answers. - House Building Figures.

Was asked: the number of houses built in each of the last ten years; the number of social, local authority or voluntary houses; the number of houses built in the Dublin or greater Dublin region; and if he will m...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: if there is any special grant available for the provision of indoor toilet facilities for elderly people and others; if the disabled persons extension grant scheme could be used automatically in this ...More Button

Written Answers. - Environmental Impact Statements.

Was asked: if he has received the environmental impact statement on the Macken Street bridge from Dublin Corporation; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Dublin City Council rejected the statement d...More Button

The environmental impact statement prepared by Dublin Corporation for the proposed Guild Street-Macken Street bridge scheme was forwarded to my Department on 20 June, 2000. The corporation's covering ...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Government Legislation.

Was asked: the plans if any, he has, to bring about major changes in the Managerial Act.More Button

The Local Government Bill, 2000, published last month provides that local authority policy is determined by the elected council with a range of mechanisms to oversee the direction of local authority a...More Button

Written Answers. - Legal Actions.

Was asked: the number of legal actions entered into by the Department within the last 12 months; the number that are either successful, failed or ongoing; the total cost of these actions; the number of barrister...More Button

The information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Written Answers. - Waste Management.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself with the current provisions in legislation in respect of eliminating the practice of abandoning of vehicles in public areas; the plans, if any, he has to amend this legisla...More Button


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