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McCreevy, Charlie

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 4

Written Answers. - Flood Relief.

Was asked: if he has received a communication from Kildare County Council regarding the repeated flooding at Mill Lane, Leixlip, Straffan, Johnstown and Maynooth, with particular reference to the co-ordinatio...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which areas of serious and repeated flooding have been identified throughout the country in both urban and rural settings; if he has liased with local authorities in respect of each s...More Button

Was asked: if he will hold talks with representatives of the insurance companies regarding reports that persons in areas that have recently experienced flood damage may find their homes uninsurable; and if he...More Button

Was asked: his views on the call by the Irish Insurance Federation to establish a national flood defence agency; if his Department's officials have responded to the IIF's request for a meeting on this matter;...More Button

Was asked: his views on a national flood defence agency as outlined by the Irish Insurance Federation; his views on whether this could be funded by a portion of the 2% stamp duty which he collects from non-li...More Button

Written Answers. - Urban Renewal Schemes.

Was asked: if the period for carrying out 15% of the total construction cost of buildings under the town renewal scheme, which was due to expire on 31 December 2002 under legislation (details supplied), has b...More Button

The qualifying period for the town renewal scheme expires on 31 December 2003. No change was made to this deadline in the Finance Act, 2002. There is no requirement under this scheme that 15% of th...More Button

The Finance Act, 2002, extended the qualifying period for the urban renewal scheme to 31 December 2004. However, this extension only applies where the relevant local authority certifies by 30 Apri...More Button

As is customary in the period leading up to the budget, I have no comment to make on possible changes to the qualifying dates for these schemes.More Button

Written Answers. - State Claims Agency.

Was asked: the number of cases handled by the State Claims Agency in 2002; the approximate amount of money involved; and if he will make a statement on the operation of the agency.More Button

The State Claims Agency began operations on 3 December 2001 when 700 existing claims were transferred to it by State authorities. Since that date the State Claims Agency has received 907 new claims.More Button

The total amount spent to date on settled claims in compensation and associated legal and other costs is just under €1.2 million. As a large majority of the claims are at an early stage in ter...More Button

Written Answers. - Exchequer Expenditure.

Was asked: if he will give details of each and every State agency or body funded from the Exchequer; the number of staff employed in each; and the total Exchequer allocation for each for 2002.More Button

The following table details the 2002 Estimate of Exchequer expenditure for non-commercial State agencies or bodies under my aegis and the number of staff employed in each during 2002.More Button

The 2002 Revised Estimates for Public Services include details of Exchequer expenditure for non-commercial State agencies or bodies within individual Votes. In addition, agency statements included ...More Button

Exchequer Expenditure of Non-Commercial Semi-State Bodies and Agencies under the Aegis of the Department of FinanceMore Button

*The public sector numbers included relate to Exchequer funding for the above State Agencies-Bodies. There may be additional employees in the State Agencies-Bodies which are funded from other sourc...More Button

**This body was set up under the Good Friday Agreement. The public sector numbers are co-funded by the Irish and British Governments.More Button

Written Answers. - Incremental Credit Claims.

Was asked: the offer which his Department has made to workers who resigned from the public service on marriage in respect of their demand for full incremental credit for their years of service, which is a pro...More Button

A claim for incremental credit for previous service in the public service was lodged by the Civil and Public Service Union, CPSU, in 2000 and discussions with the union commenced shortly after. My ...More Button

An offer was made by my Department which involved granting incremental credit up to a maximum of the 5th point of the existing scale. This was rejected by the CPSU.More Button

The Public Service Executive Union, PSEU, has also submitted a claim for incremental credit for previous service and the same offer was put to it.More Button

Negotiations are still ongoing between my Department and the unions on exactly how incremental credit will be awarded. It is hoped that the main issues affecting details of the agreement will be re...More Button

Written Answers. - State Properties.

Was asked: if he will identify by location, acreage and other details, the State properties in his Department which are being considered for sale or are available for sale at present.More Button

Written Answers. - National Roads Authority.

Was asked: when he will sign regulations to bring the National Roads Authority under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, 1997; the reason this has not happened to date; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

I signed the regulations referred to by the Deputy, which brought the National Roads Authority and 31 other public bodies under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, 1997, on 22 November 200...More Button

An Bord Bia, An Bord Glas, An Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Area Development Management Limited, Bord Fáilte Éireann, Bord na gCon, Central Fisheries Board, CERT, Digital Media Development Lim...More Button

Written Answers. - Tax Collection.

Was asked: if he will review the tax issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who wishes to ascertain if repayments of tax could be extended to be repaid over a period of five or six...More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the taxpayer underpaid €2,050.58 income tax in the 1999-2000 tax year. It had been intended to collect the amount underpaid over three years. Ho...More Button

Written Answers. - Tax Reliefs.

Was asked: the tax concessions available.More Button

Was asked: if his Department conducts an analysis of the employment benefit provided under each available tax concession in operation; and if so, the information in each case.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 197 and 198 together.More Button

I presume the Deputy is referring to tax expenditures and tax reliefs but not to those which are part of the structure of the income tax system, such as the personal tax credits. I also assume the ...More Button

Tax expenditures and tax reliefs are spread through the tax system and are found under all tax headings, including income tax and corporation tax, the capital taxes and the indirect taxes.More Button

The following table details major tax incentives-expenditures, i.e. those estimated to cost in excess of €20 million per year, under the following headings: Provision; Numbers benefiting; Cost...More Button

The Deputy will note that there are difficulties in providing costs for a number of reliefs. Many are not possible to cost and there are certain reliefs where no return of income is required. There...More Button

Major Tax Incentives-ExpendituresMore Button

Notes on TableMore Button

Figures accompanied by an asterisk * are particularly tentative and subject to a considerable margin of error.More Button

Note 1More Button

Capital allowances represent deductions from income for tax purposes; they may be in lieu of depreciation, arising under accountancy rules, on plant, machinery or industrial (including farm)...More Button

The cost shown for capital allowances does not include any cost associated with “unused capital allowances”, that is, capital allowances which are not absorbed by a company in the accounting period...More Button

Note 2The Resort Relief figure relates to an exercise carried out by Revenue and is a very tentative estimate. The figure for the cost of the relief from its introduction until September 200...More Button

Note 3In the absence of other information, tax has been assumed at the standard rate even though a different rate might be appropriate in many cases.More Button

Note 4This is on the basis that the level of investment in the most recent month for which figures are available broadly continues. As the scheme did not close until the end of April and mor...More Button

Note 5This is the most recent estimate provided by Revenue; it is not currently possible to capture this figure by way of tax returns.More Button

Note 6Due to an increase in the BES investment limit, there will be an additional cost of €3.7 million in 2002.More Button

Note 7Film Relief is scheduled to end on 31 December 2005.More Button

Note 8CGT is not payable where the capital gain is in respect of the disposal of a person's Principal Private Residence. The figure for the cost of this relief makes no allowance for the num...More Button

Note 9Benefits here include refunds of VRT and VAT on the purchase of the vehicle. VAT (subject to a limit) on the cost of adaptations carried out, repayment of excise duty up to a maximum o...More Button

Note 10This was €16.5 million in 2001 but has risen to €17.4 million in the nine months to end September 2002 and is estimated to amount to some €20 million in the full year.More Button

Note 11The cost of exempting the income of charities, colleges, hospitals, schools, friendly societies, etc. from income tax includes the sums repaid in respect of tax credits and income tax...More Button

Written Answers. - An Post Savings Accounts.

Was asked: if he will recommend to An Post that a direct debit facility be made available for elderly people who are making investments and savings through their An Post savings account; and if his attention ...More Button

I understand the system used by An Post does not allow for direct debits from other institutions into a post office savings bank account. In 2003 An Post will implement a new computer system for PO...More Button

Written Answers. - Debt Policy.

Was asked: his views on the new Irish debt policy; the reason he did not communicate Ireland's new debt policy to the IMF and World Bank; the action he will take to ensure these bodies are aware of Ireland's ...More Button

I fully support the debt cancellation policy as set out in the Government strategy document. The Government has concluded that, in principle, the total cancellation of the debts of the heavily inde...More Button

Total cancellation of HIPC debts should be accompanied by strong monitoring and accountability mechanisms to ensure the additional funds available to HIPC Governments, through debt cancellation, wo...More Button

Since the launch of our debt strategy, officials from Ireland Aid have had consultations in Washington with the Bretton Woods institutions. In addition, officials from my own Department forwarded t...More Button

It is clear that we have actively promoted our policy internationally at both political and official level. Deputies can be assured that the international community has been made aware of Ireland's...More Button

My Department, in close co-ordination with Ireland Aid, will continue to promote our views on debt relief in all relevant international fora. We will also continue to monitor closely developments i...More Button

Written Answers. - Tribunals of Inquiry

Was asked: his views on the accommodation described in the interim report of Justice Robert Barr for the Abbeylara tribunal dated 21 November 2002; the reason for the delay in availability of the proposed pre...More Button

Written Answers. - Official Language Equality.

Was asked: the additional costs which have arisen from the obligations on his Department in relation to the adoption by the Government in July 2002 of official language equality as one of the three new princi...More Button

My Department, as set out in Improving Customer Service Standards – An Action Plan 2001-2004, is fully committed to providing a high standard of service to all its clients and customers. It a...More Button

The specific additional cost to date to my Department arising from the adoption by the Government in July 2000 of official language equality as one of the principles of quality customer service is ...More Button

Question No. 204 answered with Question No. 201.More Button

Written Answers. - Tax Code.

Was asked: the tax paid by a single income married couple with gross income of ?56,000 in 2002; if he will compare this amount to that paid by a double income married couple with each earning ?28,000 per annu...More Button

The position is that the tax rates and bands for a married couple for 2002 are as follows: Married couple, one spouse with income – first €37,000 @ 20%, balance @ 42%; married couple, bo...More Button

In the case of married couples with two incomes the standard rate band available to one spouse will not be greater than that available to a one income married couple i.e. €37,000. The second s...More Button

The following six examples show the income tax payable by single and double income families as requested by the Deputy on a gross income of €56,000 for the current tax year. The examples refer...More Button

Written Answers. - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the position in relation to the programme for decentralisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

An Agreed Programme for Government states that the progressive decentralisation of Government offices and agencies will be moved forward taking into account the national spatial strategy. I will re...More Button