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Sargent, Trevor

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 4

Ceisteanna – Questions. - Departmental Estimates.

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the allocation to his Department in the spending Estimates for 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Taoiseach informed us that the allocation for the Central Statistics Office will require that consideration be given to phasing a number of initiatives and deferring a number of new projects. T...More Button

My questions relate to the allocations for the Taoiseach's Department which indicate the Government's lack of interest in the Convention on the Future of Europe.More Button

The employment survey will proceed.More Button

Was it ever considered that the funding for the Forum on Europe and the Convention on the Future of Europe should be allocated by the same Department? Why is it envisaged that a two-pronged approac...More Button

Order of Business.

Regarding No. 9, it is important that we not deal with this matter without debate because of the need to address the serious issue of BSE and the disposal of slaughtered animals. Technology is movi...More Button

The whole House has an interest in this matter. The issue is not merely an agricultural one.More Button

Question, “That the proposal for dealing with Nos. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 without debate be agreed to”, put and declared carried.More Button

National Development Finance Agency Bill, 2002: Second Stage (Resumed).

Tá áthas orm labhairt ar An mBille um Ghníomhaireacht Airgeadais d'Fhorbairt Náisiúnta, 2002. Is tábhachtach an Bille é mar léiríonn s...More Button

I intend to share my time with Deputy Harkin, if she comes into the Chamber. I expect her to arrive, but cannot say for definite that she will.More Button

This Bill effectively provides for a national borrowing agency. It is important to realise that we are speaking on the Bill with future generations in mind. In many cases the infrastructure being p...More Button

The Minister for Finance may consider this a welcome development in that he may be able to report on budget day that he managed to get a certain number of projects completed at a price that initial...More Button

I raised this matter recently in questions to the Taoiseach. The UK cannot report a good experience with public private partnerships. Naturally, companies try to tender as cheaply as possible but, ...More Button

Public private partnership schemes are a costly form of hire purchase and are only necessary because of restrictive public borrowing rules. This issue is often brought to our attention when rules a...More Button

Many hospitals and schools were built under the £43 billion public private partnership initiative, which is known in the UK as a private finance initiative. According to the British Labour Pa...More Button

There is a risk in this country that the bad standards of building evident in Beaumont Hospital will be seen as a yardstick by public private partnership tendering companies. It was said on the rad...More Button

We are facing lower standards because that is what we have experienced with the buildings that are already in place. Contrast Beaumont Hospital, which is in need of serious roof and window repairs ...More Button

Last night on the news it was reported that Tubbercurry school was state-of-the-art. However, I doubt that the Minister for Education and Science was giving the full picture when he said he believ...More Button

Even if schools such as Tubbercurry are built to a high standard, where will we get the public or private funding to deal with the many other schools? Approximately 400 schools are in need of serio...More Button

Many schools have toilets that are so damp that even cleaning them is difficult. That is the problem in Brackenstown in Swords. Then there are situations to which public private partnerships seem t...More Button

That is the worrying aspect of PPPs. Tendering for a project does not always mean the company with the best tender is the best company for the job. It may have the lowest price tag, but who is to s...More Button

I would look at schools in the United Kingdom to see where the public private partnership system has led the education system. Last week the UK Department of Education called for an urgent report ...More Button

There are a number of examples of public-private partnerships which have lessons to teach us. We should be open to learning these lessons, one of which may be that public private partnerships are n...More Button

I would take stock when I see in the Bill that the National Development Finance Agency is to assist in providing cost-effective finance, that it will discharge its functions through the National Tr...More Button

I would also take stock when I hear the prediction by the largest world insurance companies that, where risk assessment and flooding are concerned, by 2065 there is a terrible chance that insurance...More Button

Public private partnerships need to be re-examined. There is a temptation to say that, while we have experience in building roads with emigrants having built them in England for years, we do not ha...More Button

Another area where public private partnerships are wholly inappropriate is waste. The most lucrative projects in a public private partnership arrangement for a private company are the large ones, s...More Button

We should take stock of our position and put in place policies which encourage local responsibility to the greatest extent possible rather than trying to hand the problem over to magicians who will...More Button

For the reasons I have outlined, the Bill is not appropriate to the needs of the country. It encourages the Government to divest itself of its responsibilities which become those of people who want...More Button