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Cullen, Martin

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 1


Order of Business.

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Written Answers. - Homelessness Strategy.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on his commitment to the Simon Community that he was committed to setting specific social housing and homelessness targets following the 2002 detailed survey of needs wh...More Button

The Government's commitments in relation to homelessness are contained in An Agreed Programme for Government which issued in June 2002. These are: to ensure that the comprehensive homelessness str...More Button

The issue of setting realistic targets in relation to homelessness is important in order to ensure that our efforts in providing resources and services yield positive results. A comprehensive data ...More Button

The cross-departmental team on homelessness is examining how best to evaluate the homeless strategies and the local action plans and I intend that the issue of targets will also be addressed in the...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Regulations.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 421 of 12 November 2002, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that his Department's website material has not been updated for more than a year; if his a...More Button

Remaining commen tary notes giving guidance on the text of the parts of the Act commenced over the past year are currently being prepared and these will be published on my Department's website in t...More Button

I am concerned to ensure that adequate resources are available to planning authorities in terms of both professional planners and administrative staff. Staffing of local authority planning departme...More Button

Written Answers. - EU Directives.

Was asked: the progress which has been made towards the implementation of Directive 2000/53/EC relating to end of life certificates for motor vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the progress which has been made towards the implementation of Directive 2000/53/EC relating to end of life certificates for motor vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 446 and 472 together.More Button

My Department has been actively engaged with the Society for the Irish Motor Industry, SIMI, the Irish Motor Vehicle Recyclers Association, IMVRA, the Metal Recyclers Association of Ireland, MRAI, ...More Button

These stakeholder bodies submitted an agreed initial proposal for an ELV management scheme towards the end of last year. This replaced earlier proposals by SIMI alone. Consultants were engaged by ...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Grants.

Was asked: the number of people who have applied for and received new house grants, per county, in each of the past five years.More Button

Was asked: the number of applicants in County Clare who qualified in 2000 and 2001 for the first-time buyer's grant and to date in 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will reconsider the abolition of the new house grant in view of the fact it is having a devastating effect on young people buying or building their houses; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: if the first-time buyer's grant will be paid to those who had put down a deposit on a home prior to 14 November 2002 but had not signed a contract at that time.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the significant housing problems in the country; and if the Cabinet will reconsider the decision to abolish the ?3,610 first-time buyer's grant.More Button

Written Answers. - Voter Registration.

Was asked: if he will review the system of voter registration in order that people who have made application for registration will be automatically contacted regarding inclusion on a supplementary register wh...More Button

Rule 15(2) of the Second Schedule to the Electoral Act, 1992, provides that a registration authority shall, as soon as practicable, consider and rule on an application to be entered in the suppleme...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Was asked: the numbers needing local authority housing in the three Dublin counties; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of persons on the housing list in respect of Kilkenny County Council and Kilkenny Borough Council for each year from September 1997 to September 2002 inclusive; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: the number of houses built by Kilkenny County Council and Kilkenny Borough Council annually from 1997 to 2002 inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the position in relation to the Knocknaheeny master plan.More Button

Written Answers. - Homeless Persons.

Was asked: the steps he is proposing to take to achieve a 50% reduction in the overall numbers of homeless people by the end of 2005.More Button

Was asked: the most recent figures for homelessness here, which were 5,234 in 1999, which was a doubling of the 1996 figures.More Button

Written Answers. - Sports and Recreational Facilities.

Was asked: his views regarding the provision of playgrounds by local authorities; the amount his Department made available in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and in 2002 to date for the provision of playgrounds; and if h...More Button

Section 67 of the Local Government Act, 2001, empowers local authorities to promote the interests of the local community in relation to amenity, recreation and other functions. This includes the pr...More Button

My Department does not operate a specific scheme of grants for playground projects but provides significant financial support to local authorities through the local government fund.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Was asked: his views on the recommendations from the housing aid for the elderly report 2000; when action will be taken to put this scheme on a permanent footing and increase the funding to that which is agre...More Button

Written Answers. - Planning Appeals.

Was asked: if he has received more up-to-date information from An Bord Pleanála regarding indicators of performance including the caseload of decisions per inspector for 2000-02; the percentage of appe...More Button

The value for money report on planning appeals by the Comptroller and Auditor General examined the management of the appeals system, the factors impacting on its effectiveness and measures to impro...More Button

Section 126 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, which came into force on 11 March 2002, provides that it shall be the objective of the board to determine appeals within a period of 18 weeks....More Button

I have been informed by An Bord Pleanála that the situation in relation to the backlog has been reversed substantially during 2002, falling from a peak of 2,700 at the end of year 2000 to 1,...More Button

Written Answers. - Rented Dwellings Register.

Was asked: his views on the level of compliance with the Housing (Registration of Rented Houses) Regulations, 1996; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Properties.

Was asked: the total number of his Department's car parking spaces, for both staff and visitors, located within Dublin city centre, from the Grand Canal on the southside to the Royal Canal on the northside wi...More Button

Parking is available for up to an estimated 130 cars in my Department's offices in the Dublin area described. While primarily for use by staff, the parking spaces are shared by both staff and autho...More Button

My Department is strongly committed to encouraging and supporting the use of environmentally friendly commuting options by its staff. To that end, the Department encourages the use of public transp...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Accounts.

Was asked: if his Department's annual accounts are currently done on a full accrual accounting system; and if not, if there is a timescale for the implementation of such an accounting system.More Button

In common with all Departments, my Department is statutorily required, to prepare an account which is referred to as the appropriation account. The appropriation account must provide details of act...More Button

My Department is in the process of implementing a management information framework under the Strategic Management Initiative. As part of this initiative, a new financial manage ment system is being...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Was asked: the number of applicants awaiting the disabled person's grant payment in respect of Kilkenny County Council and Kilkenny Borough Council as at 1 October 2002; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 245 of 14 November 2002, the amount of money which was allocated in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 to a local authority (details supplied) for the purposes of disab...More Button

Written Answers. - Nuclear Plants.

Was asked: the steps his Department is taking to remove the real threat of the Sellafield nuclear plant to the people of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Irish Government has taken, and will continue to take, a pro-active role in campaigning against reprocessing operations at Sellafield. An Agreed Programme for Government has stated clearly that...More Button

The Government has taken an unprecedented initiative in pursuit of this policy objective through its separate legal actions under the OSPAR and UNCLOS Conventions in relation to the Sellafield MOX ...More Button

In addition, this Government has developed a strong and constructive campaign against nuclear energy in general, and against activities at Sellafield in particular, that focuses clearly on the thre...More Button

It is for this reason that in international institutions and other multilateral fora, Ireland is actively advocating for the highest possible standards of safety as well as health and environmental...More Button

Ireland has also responded critically to various UK public consultation processes concerning the regulation of the UK nuclear industry covering such matters as the management of radioactive waste i...More Button

The Government has repeatedly pointed out that the risks and unresolved problems associated with the nuclear energy industry, when added to the high research and capital costs, including decommissi...More Button

The significant recorded financial losses of British Nuclear Fuels and the financial situation at British Energy further underscore our position that nuclear energy is not economically viable.More Button

I can assure the Deputy that the approach outlined will be pursued vigorously and that any further opportunities to press our case will be exercised in full.More Button

Written Answers. - Urban Renewal Schemes.

Was asked: the designated areas under the various urban renewal type schemes; the progress in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Funding.

Was asked: if there will be a decrease in the annual capital allocation to Drogheda Corporation by his Department in view of the proposed cutbacks in the Estimates; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Allocations to local authorities in respect of capital programmes funded through my Department's Vote have yet to be made. It is not yet possible to say what level of funding will be allocated to i...More Button

Written Answers. - Electoral Acts.

Was asked: if he will act upon the mandate provided by the 1979 constitutional amendment which allows for the expansion of the franchise for elections to Seanad Éireann to include all graduates of thir...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 334 of 10 October 2002.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the percentage of his Department's telecom budget for phone bills, which is allocated to his Department's largest telephone supplier.More Button

Expenditure on phone bills in my Department amounted to €439,484 in 2001. Some 82% of this total related to payments made in settlement of phone bills with the Department's largest supplier of...More Button

Question No. 472 answered with Question No. 446.More Button

Written Answers. - Youth Projects.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the ?1.2 million grant announced in April 2002 by his predecessor for a youth facility at a location (details supplied) in Dublin 24; the reason no progress has b...More Button

My Department informed South Dublin County Council earlier this year of its agreement to facilitating a contribution of up to €1.27 million from the local government fund towards the cost of t...More Button

Written Answers. - Offshore Development.

Was asked: if he will direct all local authorities to draw up development plans for the offshore pertaining to their area of responsibility, as obligated by the Planning and Development Act, 2000, and the sub...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question No. 1449 of 9 October 2002.More Button

Written Answers. - Electoral Boundaries.

Was asked: if there are plans to change the electoral areas in the forthcoming local elections in 2004; and if so, if the changes will avoid splitting villages and towns into two different electoral areas.More Button

I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 221 and 222 of 6 November 2002.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Responsibility for the administration of the group water scheme capital grants has been devolved to county councils since 1997. The grants are funded, as part of the wider rural water programme, th...More Button

Since 1998, expenditure by my Department on grants towards the provision and improvement of group water schemes has amounted to over €145 million (including the 2002 block allocations). The fo...More Button

Since March 2000, group schemes dependent on quality deficient private sources are eligible for a 100% grant for the installation of water treatment and disinfection equipment. In order to ensure t...More Button

Department of the Environment and Local Government: grants for provision and improvement of group water schemesMore Button