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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 88 to 95
 Header Item Illicit Trade in Tobacco
 Header Item Economic Performance
 Header Item Institutes of Technology
 Header Item Special Educational Needs Service Provision
 Header Item Teachers' Remuneration
 Header Item Student Grant Scheme Appeals
 Header Item Third Level Institutions Issues
 Header Item Schools Building Contractors

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 804 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 88 to 95

Illicit Trade in Tobacco

 88. Deputy Billy Kelleher Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan further to Parliamentary Question No. 200 of 14 May 2013, the way payments to be made were calculated; the quantity of smuggled tobacco the payments made under the MOU represent; if the payments represent tobacco that was leaked onto the Irish market or are they calculated by smuggled tobacco seized on a European-wide basis that is by the size of the Irish market as a proportion of the EU market; the tobacco companies that made payments to the Revenue Commissioners between 2008 and 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24765/13]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the agreements between major tobacco manufacturers, the EU and participating Member States provide for annual payments to the EU and to qualifying Member States over a specified period of years, and for additional payments in respect of certain seizures of cigarettes. The following is a link to the section of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) website containing the agreements with the tobacco manufacturers: http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/investigations/eu-revenue/cigarette_smuggling_en.htm

  The overall amount of each annual payment is laid down in the agreement concerned, and is allocated among the European Commission and the qualifying Member States in accordance with an agreed formula. The formulae under the agreements make these allocations by reference to factors including a Member State’s relative share of total tax and duty revenues from cigarettes manufactured by the company in question in all the Member States concerned, and the proportion of seizures of cigarettes manufactured by the company accounted for by the Member State. Additional payments are made in respect of seizures of a company’s product that exceed a defined threshold, and fall to be calculated by reference to the tax and duties that that would have been paid on the quantity of cigarettes seized had they been sold legally.

  I am advised that, during the period from 2008 to 2012, Ireland received payments under the international agreements with the four major tobacco manufacturers i.e. Japan Tobacco International, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco Limited, and Philip Morris International.

Economic Performance

 89. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan asked the Minister for Finance Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan the extent to which the economic performance of all sectors has been monitored over the past five years to date; the extent to which specific areas have been identified for the need for improvement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24775/13]

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan My Department monitors the overall performance of the economy and of individual sectors on an ongoing basis. Key sectors are subject to scrutiny as part of this process and also in reviews undertaken by line Departments to which my Department contributes or supports. For example, under the Action Plan for Jobs 2013, my Department is co-ordinating actions dealing with the property market. Also, having previously introduced a VAT reduction for the tourism sector as part of the Jobs Initiative, research into the impact of this measure was published in the Medium-Term Fiscal Statement (November 2012) and my Department continues to monitor developments in this sector. My Department is also represented on the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas established by the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government. In addition to this, my Department also monitors the performance of those sectors for which it has policy responsibility (e.g. financial services).

Institutes of Technology

 90. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if he will provide details of the local employment clause contained within the DIT Grangegorman project contract. [24605/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The Grangegorman Development Agency working with the Employment and Training Co-ordinator and the Local Labour and Learning Forum has developed and implemented a Grangegorman Employment Charter. The aim of the Charter is to ensure that the local community benefits from employment opportunities that may arise from the Grangegorman project. The Charter sets out what is required of Contractors and Sub-Contractors in respect of employing local labour on the site. The Charter also sets how this will be monitored and reported on. All Contractors and Sub-Contractors who are awarded contracts will be briefed to ensure that they have a clear understanding of what is required of them in terms of reporting, including forward planning, and that they identify potential jobs that they will be recruiting locally for.

  The Grangegorman Development Agency wants to ensure as far as possible that the project makes a real contribution to the structural and social regeneration of

the local community contributing to a sustainable future for local people and businesses.

  The document is available on the GDA website at www.ggda.ie/reports.

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

 91. Deputy Catherine Murphy Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if he will outline the changes to be made by his Department in relation to the July provision scheme for families of autistic children; if he will clarify the position for families with more than one child needing access to the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24766/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn I wish to advise the Deputy that the July Education Programme is available to all special schools and mainstream primary schools with special classes catering for children with autism who choose to extend their education services through the month of July. My Department also provides for a July Programme for pupils with a severe/profound general learning disability. Where school based provision is not feasible, 10 hours per week home based provision may be grant aided to eligible pupils.

Therefore the home based scheme is designed to support children who are not in a position to attend school, and it is generally the case that the Tuition is provided at the child's place of residence. In the vast majority of cases therefore, there will be 1 child in receipt of tuition with 1 tutor providing tuition. However in a small number of cases where there are qualifying siblings, a combined allocation is made. As Home Tuition is intended to compensate for school based provision it is reasonable to reflect the school grouping principle and allocate to siblings accordingly. For example, in a school setting one teacher is allocated to a class of six pupils with autism. Accordingly it is considered appropriate that a tutor can provide collective tuition to members of one family in the home at the same time.

Further clarity on this issue has been included on the information note accompanying the application forms for the home based scheme this year.

Teachers' Remuneration

 92. Deputy Jim Daly Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the reason for a delay in issuing the proper qualification rate to a teacher (details supplied) in County Cork [24501/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The salary of the person referred to by the Deputy has been adjusted and arrears owed will issue on 6 June 2013.

Student Grant Scheme Appeals

 93. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if he will review the income figures from self employment from a persons father in a student grant application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24530/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn Officials in my Department have confirmed with Student Universal Support Ireland that in the case of the student referred to by the Deputy, her student grant application was re-appealed to the appeals officer in SUSI on 9 of May 2013.

  On that basis, the application is currently being reassessed and the student will be notified directly by SUSI of the outcome.

  Where an appeal is turned down in writing by SUSI and the applicant remains of the view that the scheme has not been interpreted correctly in his or her case, an appeal form outlining the position may be submitted by the applicant to the independent Student Grants Appeals Board.

Third Level Institutions Issues

 94. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn if he will provide in tabular form the number of teaching days in 2012 in each of the third level institutions funded by the State; the number of teaching staff in each of those institutions; the number of privilege or personal days taken in each of those institutions in 2012; the minimum and maximum number of holidays given to teaching staff in these institutions in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24545/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn Third level institutions are autonomous bodies and my Department has no function in their operational management, including matters relating to the leave arrangements of college staff. The information requested by the Deputy is therefore not available in my Department or the Higher Education Authority (HEA). My Department receives data on a quarterly basis in relation to the whole time equivalent employee numbers (academic / non academic) from the third level institutes via the HEA. I set out below the most recent data on Academic employee numbers for Third Level Institutions funded by the State.   

Core Staff* - Academic - March 2013

Universities and other Colleges       Institute of Technology Sector

University College Dublin 959.08 Athlone IT 245.51
University College Cork 699.93 Blanchardstown IT 119.71
NUI Galway 733.42 IT Carlow 570.01
NUI Maynooth 255 Cork IT 194.35
Trinity College Dublin 660.6 Dublin IT 937.99
University of Limerick 498.2 Dun Laoghaire IT 115.62
Dublin City University 465.5 Dundalk IT 270.36
Mary Immaculate College 122.44 Galway-Mayo IT 350.93
St. Patricks College Drumcondra 130.03 Letterkenny IT 178.39
National College of Art and Design 61.87 Limerick IT 288.64
Mater Dei Institute 26.25 Tipp Inst. 53.71
St Angelas  52 Sligo IT 266.00
    IT Tallaght 187.17
    IT Tralee 195.45
    Waterford IT 489.79
Total  4664.32 Total  4,463.63
 * This figure does not include Research Staff.

Schools Building Contractors

 95. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn the name of the contractor awarded the building contract in a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24554/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The project referred to by the Deputy was recently tendered in line with public procurement procedures and the contract has been awarded to JSL Group Ltd t/a Stewart.


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