Lenihan, Brian Joseph

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 714 No. 4

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Order of Business

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Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 1, Údarás na Gaeltachta (Amendment) Bill 2010, be agreed to.”
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Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Bill 2010 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages

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Written Answers - Mortgage Lending

Was asked: his views on the role that mortgage indemnity insurance can play in the future housing market; his further views on whether it can assist in reducing risk and exposure for high loan-to-value lending;...More Button

Was asked: his views on the wider use of credit risk mitigants, such as mortgage indemnity insurance, as a mandatory requirement for the underwriting of high loan-to-value loans in the context of new regulatory...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 116 and 125 together. Mortgage indemnity insurance products allow lenders to reduce their exposure in the event of a default. They provide protection, typically, to t...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code

Was asked: if he has received a submission from the solid fuel trade group in respect of the impact of carbon tax in view of the country’s economic position; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he has received a submission from the solid fuel trade group in respect of the impact of carbon tax in view of the country’s economic position; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 117 and 119 together. I can confirm that my Department has received many submissions in respect of the carbon tax including from the Solid Fuel Trade Group. I am happ...More Button

Written Answers - Architectural Heritage

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 420 of 23 June 2009 if he will provide an update; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code

Was asked: when a stamp duty refund will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the application for refund was furnished in November 2009 but, because of the requirement to furnish supporting evidence and delays in the re-submission...More Button

Written Answers - Environmental Policy

Was asked: when the working group on the Haulbowline site in Cobh, County Cork, will be established; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts

Was asked: if he will deal with a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In general, it is national policy to advertise public contracts, to invite tenders and award contracts in a process that is transparent and achieves best value for money. Under EU rules, contracts fo...More Button

Written Answers - Fiscal Policy

Was asked: the position regarding a person (details supplied) in Co. Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy is aware, it is not the usual practice to comment on any possible changes in taxation prior to the annual Budget.More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code

Was asked: the likely full year cost to the Exchequer of reducing the rate of VAT charged on non-oral medicines to 13.5%, 5% and 0% respectively; if such reductions are permissible under EU legislation; the rea...More Button

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the full year cost to the Exchequer of reducing the rate of VAT charged on non-oral medicines from the current rate of 21% to 13.5%, 5% and the zero rate...More Button

Written Answers - Israeli Imports

Was asked: the total value of imports from Israel in 2009; the portion of those imports that were entitled to preferential duty; if those imports which did not get preferential duty were produce from settlement...More Button

According to data published by the Central Statistics Office, Ireland imported merchandise goods to the value of €82.3 million from Israel in 2009. Slightly over 40% received preferential treatment. ...More Button

Written Answers - Financial Services Regulation

Was asked: the number of loan refusals that have been referred to the Credit Review Office to date; the number of same that have been processed; the number processed that have resulted in an unfavourable review...More Button

I recently received the first quarterly from the Credit Reviewer, Mr. John Trethowan. This report includes, amongst other things, the information which the Deputy has sought in the parliamentary quest...More Button

Written Answers - Banking Sector Regulation

Was asked: when he expects the EU Commission to issue its decision on the restructuring plans of banks (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the following institutions were required under state aid rules to submit restructuring plans following receipt of state aid and the plans were submitted on the following dates:...More Button

Was asked: if it is envisaged that the dividend rate of the preference shares held by the National Pensions Reserve Fund in Allied Irish Banks will be revised upwards, as happened recently with its preference s...More Button

The Financial Regulator has determined that AIB must raise additional equity capital of at least €7.4 billion by the end of the year to meet the new base case capital standards. As the first step in m...More Button

Written Answers - Fiscal Policy

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 94 of 17 June 2010, the number of cost benefit analyses that have been carried out since 2006 on major tax expenditure schemes; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the following reviews were carried out in 2005 and 2006 as follows (1) Indecon Review of Property-based Tax Incentive Schemes; (2) Goodbody Review of Area-Based Tax Incen...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code

Was asked: the amount of stud fees earned and exempted from taxation from both stallions and greyhounds analysed separately for the years 2004 to 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the relevant information available on the amount of stud fees exempted from taxation from both stallions and greyhounds is based on personal income tax ...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Collection

Was asked: the percentage of the Judiciary now paying the levy; if he will name those who have paid and those who have not paid. More Button

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009 does not apply to the Judiciary for constitutional reasons. However, arrangements were put in place on an administrative basis between ...More Button

Was asked: the events which led to the acceptance between 1 January 2010 and 31 March 2010 by the Revenue Commissioners of a settlement from Donegal County Council in the sum of €799,928, of which € 547,775 in ...More Button

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that for reasons of taxpayer confidentiality, they do not comment or provide details on individual cases except as provided for by law. The settlement of €799...More Button

Written Answers - National Conference Centre

Was asked: when the first payment for the Convention Centre, Dublin, is due to Treasury Holdings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the agreed annual payment due to Treasury Holdings in respect of the Conference Centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 122 of 11 May 2010, the position regarding this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Tax Collection

Was asked: his views on making it compulsory for capital acquisitions tax to be filed on-line; the consideration given to those without Internet or computer access; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that Finance Act 2010 introduced significant changes to modernise and simplify the probate process and Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT). One of the key changes is to the filing...More Button

Written Answers - Flood Relief

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 144 of 27 April 2010, if he will provide an update; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code

Was asked: if he will provide the stamp duty payable in respect of non first time buyers of both new and second hand houses; the various rates payable depending on value; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

The rates of Stamp Duty in respect of non first time buyers of new and second hand houses (including apartments) are set out in the following table. Transactions for residential property, where the co...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who availed of the first time buyers exemption from stamp duty this year on a county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the necessary basic data are not currently available in such a manner as to provide a basis for compiling the information requested by the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Tax Yield

Was asked: the amount of revenue generated through stamp duty on a county basis to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the necessary basic data are not currently available in such a manner as to provide a basis for compiling the information requested by the Deputy.More Button

Written Answers - Banking Sector Regulation

Was asked: the position regarding customers of a bank (details supplied) who still have money in current and savings accounts of that bank after 23 June 2010 when the retail division of the bank closed; if his ...More Button

The Financial Regulator has advised me of the arrangements that are in place for Halifax current account and savings account customers to reclaim any money owed. As regards closing a current account,...More Button

Written Answers - Flood Relief

Was asked: if he has received the report from the Irish Insurance Federation regarding the results of the working group established to examine the flooding issue in November 2009; the details of this report; th...More Button

The background to the Irish Insurance Federation (IIF) working group was a request from my Department for detailed information in relation to the November 2009 flooding. The type of information being...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Collection

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 was taxed on a bonus paid in 2010 on a different basis than those individuals who remained employed by the same company (details supplied); the mon...More Button

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that pay (which includes bonus payments) is appropriate to the year that it is earned and the tax to the year it is deducted. For administrative purposes, wh...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation

Was asked: if he will clarify the situation regarding the proposed changes to the retirement age for public servants; if legislation is required to give effect to raising the retirement age; and if he will make...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 removed the maximum retirement age (the age by which a public servant must retire) for most new entran...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code

Was asked: if he will confirm that the Valuation Office calculates the rateable valuation in proportion to the rateable value of the property; if this is the case if he will explain the way valuations could be ...More Button

The responsibility for assessing the Rateable Valuations of properties rests with the Commissioner of Valuation under the Valuation Act, 2001. There are two provisions in the legislation governing th...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties

Was asked: if agreement has been reached to transfer a property (details supplied) in County Galway; when this transfer will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No 130 of 15 June 2010, when a reply will issue. More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Laois is in receipt of the correct amount of tax relief at source in respect of their mortgage interest payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

This is a matter for the Revenue Commissioners who are responsible for the administration of mortgage interest relief through the tax relief at source (TRS) system. I am advised by the Revenue Commis...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties

Was asked: the moneys expended; to whom they were paid; the moneys received during the same period under various headings in respect of a property (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a state...More Button

Written Answers - Financial Services Regulation

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 115 of 29 June 2010 the way in which a register of persons holding licences can be inspected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that while Revenue issues licences as provided for in the Auctioneers and House Agents Act 1947, there are no provisions within that Act for the provision of...More Button

Was asked: further to his reply to Parliamentary Question No. 55 of 17 June 2010, if he will provide equivalent figures for each of the past five years. More Button

The Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland (CBFSAI) is governed by the Central Bank Act 1942 (as amended), the Statute of the European System of Central Banks and the Treaty of Rome ...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code

Was asked: if persons who have been approved for a medical card are liable for the income and health levies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The position is that where an individual has an entitlement to a full medical card they are excluded from the income levy and the health levy. More Button

Was asked: if he will review the off-licence fee paid by large multiple supermarkets to base the fee on turnover as is the case with public houses which pay their licence fee based on revenue bands; and if he w...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware the rate of excise duty on off-licences was reviewed in the context of the 2008 and 2009 Budgets. The annual excise duty payable on each off-licence was increased from €250...More Button

Written Answers - Debt Management

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied). More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, I set up an Expert Group to report to me with recommendations on a range of matters regarding mortgage arrears and personal debt. In the course of the data gathering phas...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code

Was asked: the position regarding the taxation treatment of a matter (details supplied). More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that Ireland has a double taxation agreement (DTA) with Australia since 1983. It generally reflects the provisions found in the OECD model tax agreement. The...More Button

Written Answers - Credit Union Sector

Was asked: the position regarding his recent dealings with the credit union movement regarding proposals for sections 35A and 35B of the Central Bank Reform Bill 2010; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

I engaged in detailed discussions with the credit union representative bodies, ILCU and CUDA, in relation to the Section 35 issue in meetings with each body on two separate occasions in May and June 2...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties

Was asked: the position regarding the transfer of land by the Office of Public Works to a local authority (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Was asked: his views on the Eurostat survey that found that Ireland has the second highest food and drink prices in the EU; if he will bear this in mind when looking at social welfare levels ahead of the Decemb...More Button

According to Eurostat, food prices in Ireland were among the highest in Europe when surveyed in 2009. This is reflective of factors including the relatively large import content of processed food and ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties

Was asked: the position regarding a building (details supplied) in Dublin 15 owned by the Office of Public Works; the date on which the building was acquired by the OPW; the cost at which the building was acqui...More Button


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