Written Answers - Disabled Drivers.

Wednesday, 2 June 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 586 No. 6

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  105.  Ms Cooper-Flynn  Information on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Zoom on Beverley Cooper-Flynn   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Charlie McCreevy  Zoom on Charlie McCreevy   when the review of the qualifying criteria for primary medical certificate will be completed. [16686/04]

Minister for Finance (Mr. McCreevy): Information on Charlie McCreevy  Zoom on Charlie McCreevy  As stated in a reply to a previous parliamentary question, the interdepartmental report of the review group on the disabled drivers’ and disabled passengers’ (tax concessions) scheme is under consideration in my Department. The report is a substantive one and needs to be studied carefully. On completion of this process, I envisage that the report will be made available publicly. As the Deputy may be aware, in the context of debate in the Dáil on the Finance Bill 2004, I stated that I intended that the report would go to Government and would be published this year.

  106.  Mr. Crowe  Information on Sean Crowe  Zoom on Sean Crowe   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Charlie McCreevy  Zoom on Charlie McCreevy   if the car tax exemption can be extended to the parents and carers of children with psychological disabilities like autism. [16716/04]

Minister for Finance (Mr. McCreevy): Information on Charlie McCreevy  Zoom on Charlie McCreevy  An interdepartmental review group was established to review the disabled drivers’ and disabled passengers’ (tax concessions) scheme. The group examined all aspects of the scheme including the qualifying medical criteria. I have received the report of the interdepartmental review group on the disabled drivers’ and disabled passengers’ (tax concessions) scheme and it is currently being considered. Any recommendations contained in this report in relation to the medical criteria and other conditions of the scheme will receive full consideration.


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