Gallagher, Pat the Cope

Wednesday, 5 March 2003

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 562 No. 5

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Motor Vehicle (Duties and Licences) Bill 2003: Order for Second Stage.

I move: “That Second Stage be taken now.” Question put and agreed to.More Button

Motor Vehicle (Duties and Licences) Bill 2003: Second Stage.

I move: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.” The primary purpose of the Bill is to give legislative form to the increases in motor tax rates and trade plate licences, which were contained in the...More Button

I thank all Deputies who participated in this debate. It goes without saying that any proposals to increase taxes will generate lively and good debate, and we had a lot of that here this evening. I wo...More Button

We will deal with that. When that administration introduced the measure in 1997 it also took the opportunity to make provision to allow local authorities to increase motor tax rates above and beyond l...More Button

It is an increase of 72% and the Deputy knows full well that the inflation over those years was a great deal lower than that.More Button

It is about 12%.More Button

No, I have given the exact figure.More Button

Certainly not.More Button

No. One does not have to serve on a local authority to understand that those authorities have their own resources.More Button

Some Deputies were very critical but overlooked the fact that some counties have reduced their allocation on national roads from their own resources. That point should be made.More Button

In 2003, despite difficult economic conditions, the fund has continued to provide a buoyant source of funding for local authorities. Deputy Gilmore suggested there was no increase in grants to local a...More Button

This year €662 million has been allocated in general purpose grants for local authorities, which represents an average increase of 6% over the 2002 allocation—More Button

—and in some cases it is 85% higher than the corresponding allocation in 1997. I am confident this level of general purpose funding from the local government fund, together with funding from local sou...More Button

Add up the two. There are many Members who were extremely critical of the funding going to the BMW region, saying it was not enough. They and their parties were totally opposed to regionalisation and ...More Button

They were totally opposed to positive discrimination when it came to the case made to EUROSTAT. I know because I was deeply involved. I had many calls from Deputy McCormack's councillors which applaud...More Button

That is the fact. Tá an fhírinne searbh. In 2002 non-national road allocations will amount to almost €434 million.More Button

Is stating the facts provocative? I am here to state the facts and to be totally honest. The Chair will have to guide me in how to address this. I came in here to state the facts. Does the Deputy not ...More Button

I will repeat for Deputy McCormack—More Button

That is the problem. The Opposition wants to forget 1997. It wants to forget the period from 1982 until 1986 when a Fine Gael led Government—More Button

Fine Gael did not tighten its belt between 1982 and 1987 when it increased the national debt from £12 billion to £25 billion.More Button

It is a fact.More Button

What did Fine Gael achieve? More Button

The Deputies have to be reminded that the total expenditure on non-national roads was €214 million in 1997 compared with €443 million this year.More Button

Deputy Harkin asked about VRT on vehicles used by disabled drivers. That is not my brief but I appreciate the case she made. I made a submission myself to the former Minister of State, Deputy Mary Wal...More Button

Which Department? I do not have time to explain to Deputy Allen that the Department of the Environment and Local Government does not have responsibility for that area.More Button

The case has been made and it is a matter now for the Minister for Finance.More Button

If the report on disabled drivers results in a widening of the tax reliefs from VAT and VRT for disabled drivers, the House can be sure that neither my Department nor I will object. If there is a knoc...More Button

Deputy Allen referred to the possibility of introducing a motor tax regime based on carbon dioxide emissions. He looked at the British example. The Department is examining ways to relate car tax to em...More Button

Motor Vehicle (Duties and Licences) Bill 2003: Referral to Select Committee.

I move: That the Bill be referred to the Select Committee on the Environment and Local Government, in accordance with Standing Order 120(1) and paragraph 1(a)(i) of the Orders of Reference of that com...More Button

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