Cowen, Brian

Tuesday, 10 May 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 602 No. 1

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Written Answers - Official Travel.

Was asked: if the Government recently made a decision to approve the allocation of two civilian drivers for the Leader of the Seanad; if so, the date of this approval and the effective date; if any legislation o...More Button

Under established arrangements governing transport for office holders, Ministers of State other than the Chief Whip, the Leas-Cheann Comhairle and the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad are provided with two...More Button

Written Answers - Freedom of Information.

Was asked: the reason the Higher Education Training Awards Council does not come within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 1997; and if he will take steps to address this matter to ensure transparency i...More Button

Was asked: if the Freedom of Information Act 1997 will be extended to include HETAC and FETAC.More Button

Was asked: his proposals to add the Higher Education Training Awards Council to the list of bodies to which the Freedom of Information Act 1997 applies (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Was asked: if he will include the Higher Education Training Awards Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997; the reason HETAC is not under the provisions of the Act; and if he will mak...More Button

Was asked: if he will designate the Higher Education Training Awards Council under the working of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 to ensure transparency and to reinforce the credibility of the third level ed...More Button

Was asked: his plans to include correspondence (details supplied) under the Freedom of Information Act 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider designating the Higher Education Training Awards Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if it is proposed to designate the Higher Education Training Awards Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will amend the Freedom of Information Act 1997 to include HETAC; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 176, 177, 183, 186 and 188 to 192, inclusive, together. The Freedom of Information Act has been extended gradually as experience has been gained in its application. Pr...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Cork is entitled to a refund of income tax.More Button

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that they are not aware of any basis on which the person in question might be entitled to a refund of income tax. If the person would like to discuss t...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Clearance Certificates.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will be issued with a statement of their tax contributions for 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that a PAYE balancing statement for 2003, showing details of earnings and tax deductions, issued to the taxpayer in question on Friday, 6 May 2005.More Button

Written Answers - Debt Relief.

Was asked: further to Question No. 337 of 12 April 2005, the position regarding the use of IMF gold to fund debt cancellations; the discussions that took place on this issue at the April 2005 meetings of the IM...More Button

At the recent spring meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, referred to in the Deputy’s question, there was a preliminary discussion of key issues relating to proposals for further multilateral debt ...More Button

Written Answers - Special Savings Incentive Scheme.

Was asked: if persons who joined the SSIA scheme in 2001 and who do not earn any income will receive the full benefit of an account when it matures from May 2006 onwards.More Button

It is not a requirement per se of the SSIA scheme for an individual to earn any income. However, Part 36A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997, as inserted by section 33 of the Finance Act 2001, requir...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the progress he is making to implement the Government policy that interim arrangements be provided to facilitate public servants who have already volunteered to transfer to regional locations under th...More Button

The two reports of the decentralisation implementation group, of 31 March and 30 July 2004, provide detailed accounts of the progress made in implementing the decentralisation programme announced in D...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: the number of individual taxpayers removed from the tax net as a result of the budget provisions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that some 66,000 income earners are estimated to have become exempt from income tax as a result of the changes announced in the 2005 budget. This figur...More Button

Written Answers - Flood Relief.

Was asked: if the OPW has plans in place to facilitate the draining of the River Slate in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: if surgery, including cosmetic or other medical services provided by a person (details supplied) or any clinics associated with them, including Central Park South Clinic in New York, has qualified or ...More Button

Tax relief for unreimbursed medical expenses does not cover plastic surgery or other medical works or procedures undertaken on purely cosmetic grounds. The clinic referred to by the Deputy is not on t...More Button

Was asked: when tax refund will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare based on annual rent paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that a letter issued to the taxpayer on 3 May 2005 advising that no rent relief is due in respect of rent payments as only rent payable in respect of p...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the position with regard to the proposed decentralisation of Ordnance Survey Ireland to Dungarvan, County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government’s decentralisation programme, which was announced in the 2004 budget, will involve the transfer of 210 posts to Dungarvan. Initial data from the central applications facility indicates ...More Button


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