Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Finance
Stephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Independent)
Question 112: To ask the Minister for Finance his views on whether it is appropriate for his officials to withhold information sought through committees and Parliamentary Questions which are not commercially sensitive on the basis that they do not pertain to his existing policy. [17318/11]
Michael Noonan (Minister, Department of Finance; Limerick City, Fine Gael)
I understand that the Deputy is referring to Parliamentary Question No. 91 answered on 1 June 2011. At the outset let me say that the reply given to the Deputyâ€™s question on 1 June was given by me and not my Officials.
As far as my Officials attendance at Parliamentary Committees is concerned, let me assure the Deputy that it is not official policy to withhold information. I will repeat what I said in my reply to the Deputy on 1 June last: there will be no increase in the corporate tax rate and in the circumstances it is not plausible to speculate on any possible increase under any circumstances, CCCTB or otherwise.