Written answers

Thursday, 2 December 2010

  • Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation
    • Departmental Agencies
      Question 10: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if he is satisfied with the effectiveness of enterprise agencies and their existing structures; and if he will make a...
    • Proposed Legislation
      Question 11: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation when he intends to publish legislation to address employee representation at work which was promised by June 2009 under the...
    • National Recovery Plan
      Question 12: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the way he intends to achieve the savings of €2.4 million in funding for science, technology and innovation, set out...
    • EU Directives
      Question 13: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation in respect of EU directives for which he has responsibility, the number remaining to be implemented; the directives that are...
    • Business Regulation
      Question 14: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the progress made to date in reducing the regulatory burden on businesses by 25%; the timeframe for the completion of this;...
    • Innovation Fund Ireland
      Question 15: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the progress to date in establishing the €250 million innovation fund overseen by Enterprise Ireland; the number of...
    • National Recovery Plan
      Question 16: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the way he intends to achieve the savings in his Department’s Vote set out in the National Recovery Plan 2011-2014;...
    • Departmental Staff
      Question 18: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the staff reductions planned in his Department and its agencies by the end of 2011 and if these are being secured through...
    • Departmental Bodies
      Question 19: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the role he will play in the implementation of the recently published plan, Trading and Investment in a Smart Economy; and...
    • Credit Availability
      Question 20: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the position regarding his discussions with the main banks to ensure that credit is made available to all businesses and...
    • National Minimum Wage
      Question 21: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the analysis that he has undertaken of the job impact of reducing the minimum wage; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Live Register
      Question 22: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the steps he is taking to combat the continuing high level of unemployment in view of the fact that the live register...
    • Job Losses
      Question 23: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if his attention has been drawn to reports that up to 10,000 jobs could be lost in the Irish banking sector over the next...
    • European Patents
      Question 24: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the reasons he has not ratified the Agreement on the Application of Article 65 of the Convention on the Grant of European...
    • County Enterprise Boards
      Question 25: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the steps he is taking to support the role of County Enterprise Boards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. ...
    • Economic Competitiveness
      Question 26: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the progress made regarding the commitment given in the renewed programme for Government to act on recommendations...
    • Business Regulation
      Question 27: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the status of the work of the Company Law Review Group; the timeframe for the publication of legislation following the...
    • Redundancy Payments
      Question 28: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the total number of claims for redundancy payments waiting to be processed at the latest date for which figures are...
    • Retail Sector
      Question 29: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation his views on amending the law to require major retail companies operating here to publish company accounts to establish the...
    • Employment Rights
      Question 30: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation when he intends to publish the legislation to amend the Competition Acts to uphold the rights of certain freelance workers...
    • EU Directives
      Question 31: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the current position and timeframe for the transposition of the services directive; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • National Minimum Wage
      Question 32: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the total number of persons who earn less than the national minimum wage, by virtue of a number of exemptions provided by...
    • National Recovery Plan
      Question 33: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the plans he has put in place to assist and promote a programme for economic recovery sector by sector; the extent to which...
    • Business Regulation
      Question 35: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation his response to the report Mapping the Golden Circle, published by the research body TASC, which showed that...
    • Industrial Development
      Question 36: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the progress made regarding the commitment given in the renewed programme for Government to undertake an independent review...
    • National Recovery Plan
      Question 39: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the way he intends to implement the commitment contained in the National Recovery Plan 2011-2014 to promote competition in...
    • Credit Availability
      Question 41: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation when the proposed Government-backed loan guarantee scheme for viable small businesses will be established; the criteria...
    • Proposed Legislation
      Question 43: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation when he will publish the legislation promised (details supplied) to clamp down on crony capitalism, to restrict...
    • National Recovery Plan
      Question 44: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the analysis undertaken by him on the effects of the measures included in the four year plan on businesses in the Border...
    • Construction Contracts
      Question 46: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if his attention has been drawn to the severe difficulties faced by sub-contractors in the construction sector when main...
    • Industrial Development
      Question 47: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation when he will be conducting examinations into allowing entrepreneurs or business start-ups access to vacant or under-utilised...
    • Employment Rights
      Question 48: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the steps he will take to prevent the exploitation of domestic workers, particularly migrant workers in such positions; and...
    • County Enterprise Boards
      Question 49: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the progress made regarding the commitment given in the renewed programme for Government to establish community and...
    • Consumer Protection
      Question 50: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the position regarding the draft consumer rights directive, if he is satisfied that the existing rights of consumers here,...
    • Employment Support Services
      Question 51: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the action he is taking to stop emigration; the pre-emptive projects planned to create employment here to stop 100,000...
    • Single Market
      Question 52: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the extent if any to which he has had discussions with the EU Commissioner, Michel Barnier, with a view to availing of the...
  • Department of Education and Science
    • Schools Refurbishment
      Question 53: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the funding application towards a resource room in respect of a school (details supplied) in...
    • Special Educational Needs
      Question 59: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an appeal for special needs assistant hours in respect of a person (details supplied) in County...
    • Construction Contracts
      Question 60: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding contractors (details supplied) who had school contracts and whereby the company subsequently went...
    • Home-School Liaison Scheme
      Question 61: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills in regard to the home-school community liaison scheme, which to date included both urban and rural schools, if rural...
    • Community Employment Schemes
      Question 62: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the number of persons on the integration option and on the part-time job elements of the community employment programme;...
    • Higher Education Grants
      Question 63: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if an application for a higher education grant submitted to Kilkenny Vocational Education Committee will be expedited in...
    • Schools Building Projects
      Question 65: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if a successful contractor has been selected for the building of a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; when...
    • Education Policy
      Question 66: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills her plans to undertake a benchmarking review of international best practice in education as outlined in the Global Irish...
  • Department of Finance
    • Tax Code
      Question 67: To ask the Minister for Finance the reason a car owner’s parents (details supplied) are disallowed from driving his car, which is legitimately registered by a citizen who...
    • Public Sector Staff
      Question 68: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will define the meaning of new entrant to the public sector as mentioned in the context of the forthcoming budget and if he can outline if a...
    • Flood Relief
      Question 69: To ask the Minister for Finance the position regarding a flood defence wall (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45682/10]
    • Public Sector Pay
      Question 70: To ask the Minister for Finance if information (details supplied) is accurate. [45694/10]
    • Company Closures
      Question 71: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will make a comprehensive statement on assets liquidation; the payment process to creditors; the order in which various creditor organisations...
    • National Pensions Reserve Fund
      Question 72: To ask the Minister for Finance the companies excluded from the National Pensions Reserve Fund investment portfolio under Part IV of the Cluster Munitions and Anti-Personnel...
    • Financial Services Regulation
      Question 73: To ask the Minister for Finance the present provision agreed with financial institutions to protect persons having difficulty with loan repayments; where a borrower can get...
    • Tax Reliefs
      Question 74: To ask the Minister for Finance the number of employers who claimed double deduction for taking on persons who are long term unemployed in the most recent year for which data is...
    • Tax Code
      Question 75: To ask the Minister for Finance if the refund of DIRT tax for persons aged 65 years and over, who are not otherwise eligible to pay income tax, will continue to apply as the age tax...
    • Tax Reliefs
      Question 76: To ask the Minister for Finance if any change in the tax credit on bin charges up to a maximum of €400 is planned in the context of the four year budget plan [45756/10]
    • Pension Provisions
      Question 77: To ask the Minister for Finance the position regarding the proposed changes to tax reliefs on pension contributions; the way proposals announced in the four year plan will impact...
    • EU Funding
      Question 78: To ask the Minister for Finance the measure taken in negotiations with the European Central Bank, EU and International Monetary Fund to protect the National Pension Reserve Fund;...
    • European Single Currency
      Question 79: To ask the Minister for Finance the discussions he has had with the European Finance Ministers regarding the future of the single European currency; and if he will make a statement...
  • Department of Health and Children
    • Health Services
      Question 80: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the...
    • Vaccination Programme
      Question 82: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if her attention has been drawn to the number of side effects young persons have experienced having received the cervical cancer vaccine;...
    • Health Services
      Question 83: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she will support the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45692/10]
    • Ambulance Service
      Question 85: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if the ambulance control centre for Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, which is currently located in Castlebar, is being transferred to...
    • Mental Health Services
      Question 86: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the reason 16 and 17 year olds who need to access mental health services cannot be seen by child and adolescent psychiatry services...
    • Hospital Services
      Question 87: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the reason 16 and 17 year olds cannot access the 24-hour on-call service for children and adolescents up to the age of 15 in the Mater...
    • Hospital Car Parks
      Question 88: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the amount of revenue received from car parking at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009, and to date in 2010;...
    • Health Service Staff
      Question 89: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the total number of grade VIII managers for each of the years from 2000 to 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45709/10]
    • Health Services
      Question 90: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the number of primary care centres planned under the primary care strategy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45710/10]
    • Social Welfare Benefits
      Question 91: To ask the Minister for Health and Children when a decision will issue on an appeal for supplementary welfare assistance towards the cost of a rent deposit in respect of a person...
    • Child Abuse
      Question 92: To ask the Minister for Health and Children, further to Parliamentary Question No. 242 of 9 November 2010, when the review will be complete; if any issues of concern have arisen to...
    • National Lottery Funding
      Question 93: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if a group (details supplied) will be facilitated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45719/10]
    • Health Services
      Question 95: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if further home help hours will be allocated in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. [45734/10]
    • Medical Cards
      Question 96: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if an application for a medical card now under appeal will be expedited in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny....
    • Health Services
      Question 97: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the extent to which she proposes to provide funding for upgrading, improvement of facilities or otherwise extending the various health...
    • Hospital Services
      Question 99: To ask the Minister for Health and Children when the project plan to map out the future configuration of the services across Galway and Roscommon hospitals will be completed. [45773/10]
    • Health Service Staff
      Question 102: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the reason a commitment to have a nurse reinstated to run the day care services at a premises (details supplied) in Boyle, County...
    • Mental Health Services
      Question 104: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she has revised the target for child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric beds down from 100 beds as recommended in A Vision for...
    • Accident and Emergency Services
      Question 107: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the number of alcohol-related admissions to accident and emergency departments in each of the years 2008 to 2010; and if she will make a...
    • Health Services
      Question 108: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she will support the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. [45794/10]
  • Department of Transport
    • Road Network
      Question 109: To ask the Minister for Transport the quantity of salt and grit held by each local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45787/10]
  • Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
    • Crime Levels
      Question 110: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the burglary, theft from vehicle and public order crime statistics for Coolock Garda station, Dublin 5 for 2007 to 2010; if...
    • Departmental Reports
      Question 111: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will publish the report prepared by him following the recent Dignity (Daphne III) Project visit to Sweden; his views on whether...
    • Registration of Title
      Question 112: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the number of applications processed by the Land Registry and Property Registration Authority in 2003 and each subsequent year; the...
    • Citizenship Applications
      Question 113: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform when an application for naturalisation will be determined in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow. [45759/10]
    • Travel Documents
      Question 114: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding travel documents in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Residency Permits
      Question 115: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make...
    • Tribunals of Inquiry
      Question 116: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the number of tribunals of inquiry in operation here; the name and role of each tribunal; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Legal Services Ombudsman
      Question 117: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform when he plans to provide a Legal Services Ombudsman; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45790/10]
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
    • Passport Applications
      Question 118: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 4 is eligible to apply for an Irish passport; if an application has been made; and if he will make...
  • Department of Social and Family Affairs
    • Social Welfare Benefits
      Question 119: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will provide a breakdown per county of the number of farming families in receipt of farm assist for the years 2008, 2009 and to date...
    • Social Welfare Code
      Question 122: To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to extend family income supplement to persons who are self-employed whose business is not generating sufficient income to...
    • Social Welfare Appeals
      Question 123: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a decision will issue on an illness benefit appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make...
    • Social Welfare Benefits
      Question 124: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will support the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45693/10]
    • Social Welfare Code
      Question 127: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if persons on one parent family allowance and disability allowance can retain full payment when taking up community employment. [45749/10]
    • Social Welfare Appeals
      Question 130: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if an application for rent allowance now under appeal will be expedited in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny....
    • Social Welfare Benefits
      Question 131: To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a review of one parent family allowance will be undertaken in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he...
  • Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government
    • Foreshore Licences
      Question 133: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his plans to review and amend the power under which he can terminate a foreshore licence at any time by...
    • Community Development
      Question 135: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will address the concerns of County Waterford Community Forum regarding its future (details supplied);...
    • Register of Electors
      Question 136: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will confirm that in the event of a general election taking place before 15 February 2011 that persons...
    • Homelessness Strategy
      Question 137: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of homeless persons identified in the homeless counts of 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010; the...
    • Departmental Expenditure
      Question 139: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the expected cost of establishing the position of the directly elected Dublin mayor; the expected annual cost...
    • Ministerial Responsibilities
      Question 140: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the intended commencement date for section 75 of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010 (S. 261A...
    • Local Authority Services
      Question 141: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will ensure that a co-ordinated plan will be put in place between the local authorities and the Irish...
    • Private Rented Accommodation
      Question 142: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the average rent granted to persons on the rental accommodation scheme and the aggregate value of the rents...
    • Public Procurement
      Question 143: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the progress he has made in developing a national action plan on green procurement; when the plan will be...
    • Northern Ireland Issues
      Question 144: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will engage with the Northern Ireland Minister for Regional Development and Intertrade Ireland to...
  • Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
    • Departmental Reports
      Question 145: To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources when a report (details supplied) will be furnished. [45732/10]
  • Department of Agriculture and Food
    • Grant Payments
      Question 146: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when an application for single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will...
    • Live Exports
      Question 147: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if there are new regulations coming into place on 1 January 2011 in respect of exporting cattle to Northern Ireland or...
    • Grant Payments
      Question 148: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will receive area aid payments as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a...
    • On-farm Investment Schemes
      Question 149: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food his plans to introduce a grant for on-farm water harvesting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45669/10]
    • Grant Payments
      Question 150: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Charitable Organisations
      Question 151: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will supply the names of charities (details supplied). [45689/10]
    • Grant Payments
      Question 152: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway did not receive a single farm payment; and if he will make a...
    • Common Fisheries Policy
      Question 157: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will deal with a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45803/10]
  • Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation
    • Industrial Development
      Question 158: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, in the context of the Government’s recent announcement that it is to provide an additional €3 million to 34...
    • Grocery Industry
      Question 159: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if a person (details supplied) has now completed their report on a voluntary code of conduct in the grocery goods sector;...
    • Redundancy Payments
      Question 160: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation when a statutory redundancy payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will...
    • Industrial Development
      Question 161: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the action he has taken or proposes to take to stimulate the economy with particular reference to small and medium sized...
    • Job Creation
      Question 162: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the number of new jobs created on a weekly basis in each of the past three years and to date in 2010; the number of jobs...
    • Industrial Development
      Question 163: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if he has had discussions with the manufacturing service sectors with a view to identifying and resolving obstacles to...
    • Departmental Programmes
      Question 164: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the role he expects to play to promote economic recovery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45739/10]
    • Economic Competitiveness
      Question 166: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the extent to which he monitors the costs to industry here as compared to other jurisdictions; the action he has taken on...
    • Job Creation
      Question 167: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation his plans for job creation over the next four years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45742/10]