Bruton, Richard

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 678 No. 2

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Order of Business.

The Taoiseach has not even acknowledged my letter. More Button

Pre-Budget Statements.

I interrupt on a point of order. Normally the Minister for Finance would circulate a statement in advance that would provide a perspective for this debate.More Button

Is it coming from the Department of Finance or from the Department of Transport?More Button

On a point of order, earlier the Ceann Comhairle disallowed questions from party leaders about the prior documentation we would get in order to facilitate a debate on the budget. Here we have the hig...More Button

This is not serious.More Button

It is high farce.More Button

I did not ask about collective Cabinet responsibility. I asked whether there would be any reasonable documentation. I wrote to the Minister for Finance ten days ago looking for reasonable informatio...More Button

I am bitterly disappointed at the standard of the Government’s treatment of this debate. I wrote to the Minister for Finance 11 days ago looking for the revised economic forecast for GDP, an updated ...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Asked the minister: if he has assessed the case made by the motor industry for a car scrappage scheme to promote movement of the stock of cars. More Button

Asked the minister: if his attention has been drawn to an anomaly in the way VAT on second hand cars is structured, such that VAT is based on the price at which the car is acquired even it has to be sold at a considerab...More Button

Asked the minister: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that under a VAT claw-back scheme, car dealers are forced to pay VAT on the value at which second-hand cars were brought into stock even if they are forced...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions.

Asked the minister: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that employees of Trinity College Dublin pre-1995 have been informed that the State will not guarantee their pension (details supplied); and if he will mak...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Asked the minister: if he has estimated the impact of the proposed increase in betting tax from 1% to 2% on employment in this sector; and if he has identified options to introduce more broad based tax measures on the g...More Button

Written Answers - Freedom of Information.

Asked the minister: the number of statutory instruments enacted which affect the scope of the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Act, 2003; the purpose of each of the statutory instruments enacted; and if he will make a...More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Asked the minister: the date when she expects the bilateral adoption agreement between Ireland and Vietnam to be signed in view of the imminent expiry of the existing agreement and the risk it poses to parents seeking t...More Button

Written Answers - Taxi Regulation.

Asked the minister: if he has assessed the Goodbody report on the supply and demand for taxis; his views on whether measures need to be taken to address the balance of supply and demand for taxi services; and if he will...More Button

Asked the minister: the maximum hours which taxi drivers can work and the breaks and rest periods required; and if his attention has been drawn to the excessive hours being worked just to earn sufficient income. More Button

Asked the minister: his views on the recent assessment of the taxi business (details supplied) on behalf of the taxi regulator; if initiatives are necessary to provide a stable basis for developing the sector through th...More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions.

Asked the minister: the steps necessary to adopt a non-Irish child from a country (details supplied) under the Adoption Act 1990; if a visa is automatic for the child that will be adopted; the steps in acquiring a visa ...More Button

Written Answers - Public Procurement Policy.

Asked the minister: the steps he has taken to ensure that the agencies to which he provides funding put large contracts out to public tender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Civil Registration.

Asked the minister: the way a person can change their name on their birth certificate when their Christian name has been mistakenly entered. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Asked the minister: the annual and total allocations for investment in water infrastructure under the National Development Plan 2009 to 2012. More Button

Asked the minister: the capital expenditure to date, and the capital resources budgeted for 2009, under the national development plan in the sector of water infrastructure, broken down by Exchequer and non-Exchequer fun...More Button

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

Asked the minister: the annual and total allocations for investment in social and affordable housing for each year 2009 to 2013. More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Staff.

Asked the minister: the number of staff in local authorities and his Department who work in the area of motor taxation. More Button

Written Answers - National Development Plan.

Asked the minister: the capital expenditure to date, and the capital resources budgeted for 2009, under the national development plan in the sectors of broadband communications, energy research, strategic energy infrast...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Asked the minister: the number of secondary school building projects and the estimated value of the projects which are in band one, band two, band three and so on of the secondary school building programme; and the numb...More Button


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