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Quinn, Ruairí

Tuesday, 8 October 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 469 Nbr. 5


Written Answers. - Opinon Polls.

Was asked: the number of opinion polls commissioned by him since December 1994; the purpose of each poll; and the overall cost of the polls carried out to date by his Department.More Button

There have been no opinion polls commissioned by me since December 1994.More Button

Written Answers. - VAT on School Supplies.

Was asked: if there are any VAT reductions or VAT exemptions to primary school boards of management in respect of the purchase of school supplies, such as fittings for holding shoes and mats, the provision of...More Button

The position is that the VAT treatment of schools and school equipment is laid down in EU VAT law, with which Irish law must comply. Under the EU Sixth VAT Directive, education is designated as an...More Button

Most goods and services purchased by schools are taxed at the standard rate of 21 per cent. However, building work carried out by schools, in common with construction generally, is taxed at the r...More Button

Finally, I should point out that the level of Exchequer grants paid to schools and other educational establishments takes account of their VAT exempt status.More Button

Written Answers. - Illegal Cigarette Trading.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has in relation to illegal cigarette street trading.More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that they are fully alert to the situation that prevails with regard to illegal street trading in tobacco products and are taking steps to deal with this ...More Button

These steps include an increasing number of prosecutions for smuggling of tobacco products and for selling unstamped cigarettes; ongoing largescale seizures of tobacco products whether smuggled fro...More Button

The Commissioners have statutory responsibility for preventing the illegal importation of tobacco products and the sale of unstamped products within the State. In view of the specific street-tradi...More Button

Apart from efforts at street vendor level, investigations are continuing in an effort to trace the source of the tobacco products feeding this illicit trade and urgent inquiries are being pursued ...More Button

Overall, about 33 million cigarettes and 7,162 kilos of roll-your-own tobacco have been seized to date at import points and from distributors and street traders.More Button

Written Answers. - Robertstown (Kildare) Land.

Was asked: when land at Robertstown, County Kildare, will be transferred to Kildare County Council to enable the construction of a housing scheme to commence.More Button

Written Answers. - Crosshaven (Cork) Coastguard Houses.

Was asked: when the Coastguard Station houses in Crosshaven, County Cork, will be made available.More Button

Written Answers. - Income Tax Rebate.

Was asked: the current position regarding a rebate of income tax due to a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that a review of the taxpayer's liability has been completed for the years 1994-95 and 1995-96. Overpayments of £170.12 and £287.15 respectiv...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Pensioners.

Was asked: the implications, if any, for existing nursing pensioners if the proposed deal for nurses is accepted; if nursing pensioners will benefit from the deal; if there is an element of restructuring to t...More Button

The talks with the nurses on pay and conditions are primarily a matter for my colleague the Minister for Health.More Button

The talks have taken place under clause 2 (iii) (a) of the Programme for Competitiveness and Work and they involve changes in structures. The implications of restructuring deals for existin...More Button

Written Answers. - River Suir Flooding.

Was asked: the current position regarding the investigation into the cause of flooding of the River Suir in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Flood Victims.

Was asked: the amount of humanitarian aid which was paid to flood victims in south Tipperary; whether all claims have been processed; the names of all applicants who received compensation; and if he will make...More Button

Written Answers. - Flood Relief Schemes.

Was asked: the amount of funding approved for localised flood relief schemes since the Arterial Drainage (Amendment) Act, 1995.More Button