Lenihan, Brian Joseph

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 692 No. 1

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Written Answers - Public Procurement.

Was asked: if he will amend the rules for construction tenders by public bodies and local authorities in order that small building contracts of less than €5.25 million can be awarded to any one of a short-list ...More Button

National guidelines dealing with the procurement of public works projects below the EU financial threshold can be found in the “Procurement Process for Works Contractors, GN 2.3” of the Capital Works ...More Button

Written Answers - National Lottery Funding.

Was asked: the amounts of money that have been spent annually by the national lottery in the years 2000 to 2006; the percentages of these annual amounts that have been spent annually by the national lottery on ...More Button

The surplus generated by the National Lottery is surrendered to the Exchequer and is allocated to a number of Departments in the context of the annual Estimates process. The attached copies of Append...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the costs incurred by his constituency office and the constituency offices of the Ministers of State at his Department for leaflet design, production, delivery and other related costs in 2007, 2008 a...More Button

My Department has not incurred any costs associated with leaflet, design production, delivery and other related costs in respect of my own constituency office in the period since I was appointed Minis...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Travel.

Was asked: the total cost of foreign travel, including flights, accommodation, food, subsistence, travel and other incidental costs, incurred by the Minister and Ministers of State at his Department in 2007, 20...More Button

In the time available, it has not been possible to provide the information requested by the Deputy. Every effort is being made to collate the information and I will reply directly to the Deputy when ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Correspondence.

Was asked: if he will respond to correspondence (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Public Sector Pay.

Was asked: the estimate of the annual savings in 2010 to 2013, over and above those secured through the suspension of the national pay agreement, of cuts in public sector pay (detail supplied). More Button

I take it that the Deputy’s question assumes that the pay cuts mentioned at the various thresholds would apply to the entire salary and not just to the part of salary which exceeds the relevant thresh...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Collection.

Was asked: when an application for a tax refund by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 will be decided; and the reason for the delay in processing this application. More Button

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that no application for a tax refund has been received to date from this person.More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: if he will ensure that the proposed National Asset Management Agency legislation provides for a whistleblowers’ charter to cover staff within NAMA, the covered institutions, debtors, advisers and ser...More Button

There are substantial provisions in the NAMA Bill to facilitate the disclosure of information and protect those involved. Section 199 allows for the appropriate disclosure of confidential information...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: the cost of creating a new tax band for all income between €36,400 and €40,000 for a single person and the equivalent for a couple of 30%, of 33% and of 35%; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

It is assumed that the threshold for the proposed new tax bands mentioned by the Deputy would not alter the existing standard rate band structure applying to single and widowed persons, to lone parent...More Button

Was asked: the cost of creating a new tax band for all income between €36,400 and €44,000 for a single person and the equivalent for a couple of 30%, of 33% and of 35%; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

It is assumed that the threshold for the proposed new tax bands mentioned by the Deputy would not alter the existing standard rate band structure applying to single and widowed persons, to lone parent...More Button

Written Answers - Public Service Recruitment.

Was asked: his views on the common pool for recruitment to promotional positions in local authorities, the Health Service Executive and vocational educational committees amongst others; if he will provide more ...More Button

The common recruitment system for Clerical/Administrative grades has been in place for over twenty years. The system provides for the filling of certain posts (at Grade IV to VII level) by competitio...More Button

Written Answers - National Asset Management Agency.

Was asked: the extent to which the National Asset Management Agency will take into account planning permissions attached to undeveloped sites in valuing assets that it will buy from the banks; and if he will ma...More Button

Section 74 of the NAMA Bill provides that in determining the long-term economic value of a bank asset, one of the factors NAMA will consider will be the market value of the property. Section 77 provi...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: the cost of a wine, beer and spirit licence for retailers, publicans and restaurateurs for each year since 1997 to date in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The rates of excise duty on liquor licences that were in force in 1997 are set out in column A of the table below. There has been no increase in the meantime in the rate of duty that applies to retai...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Reports.

Was asked: when he expects to receive the report of the review body on higher remuneration in the public sector; when he will act on it; if he will carry out a similar exercise for other cohorts of public secto...More Button

The report of the Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector has been received by me and is under consideration at present. I have no plans to carry out a similar exercise for other publ...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: the cost of creating a new tax band for all income between €36,400 and €50,000 for a single person and the equivalent for a couple of 30%, of 33% and of 35%; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

It is assumed that the threshold for the proposed new tax bands mentioned by the Deputy would not alter the existing standard rate band structure applying to single and widowed persons, to lone parent...More Button

Written Answers - Flood Relief.

Was asked: the timeline for phase two of the flood alleviation plan on the Munster Blackwater at Fermoy, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Travel.

Was asked: the cost of official domestic travel including all transport costs, accommodation, meals and other incidentals incurred by himself and the Ministers of State at his Department in 2007, 2008 and to da...More Button

There were no direct costs incurred by my Department for official domestic travel by me or my predecessor in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, the only cost to date for official domestic travel was €140.97 for...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Yield.

Was asked: if he will estimate the yield from taxing capital income on the same basis as earned income. More Button

It is assumed that the Deputy has in mind the replacement of the charge to capital gains tax on capital gains with income tax. I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that sufficient basic data ar...More Button

Was asked: if he will estimate the yield from applying income tax to all off-course winnings, bets, prizes and the national lottery. More Button

Was asked: if he will estimate the yield from applying a tax of 20% on all off-course winnings, bets and prizes including the national lottery. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 145 and 146 together. Basic data on prizes is not available on which to base an accurate estimate of the yield to the Exchequer from these proposals. It is also diffi...More Button

Was asked: if he will estimate the yield from a 20% income levy applied to all earned income excluding social welfare; and the additional revenue from applying a 40% income levy on income above €80,000. More Button

Was asked: his estimate of the yield from a 3% income levy applied to all personal income including social welfare with no threshold or ceiling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 147 and 148 together. I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the estimated full year yield to the Exchequer, estimated by reference to 2010 incomes, from apply...More Button


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