Written answers

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

  • Illicit Trade in Tobacco
    Question 140: To ask the Minister for Finance his plans to increase the fines for those engaged in the illegal tobacco trade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9229/12]
  • EU Directives
    Question 142: To ask the Minister for Finance the legal status of EU Regulation No. 1175/2011 of the European Parliament and European Council of 16 November 2011; if this regulation requires any...
  • Fiscal Policy
    Question 143: To ask the Minister for Finance the methodology used by him to calculate the State’s structural deficit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9455/12]
  • Motor Imports
    Question 144: To ask the Minister for Finance the rationale behind the decision to register imported cars starting from the number 120,000, as there does not seem to be any reasonable...
  • Tax Clearance Certificates
    Question 145: To ask the Minister for Finance the position regarding taxation in respect of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 5. [9135/12]
  • Tax Collection
    Question 147: To ask the Minister for Finance if a refund of income tax is payable in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
  • Mortgage Arrears
    Question 148: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will review a matter (details supplied) [9183/12]
  • Tax Code
    Question 149: To ask the Minister for Finance the rate of VAT which will be imposed on admissions to open farms according to the amendment of schedule, section 83 (1) (c) of the Finance Bill;...
  • Currency Exchange
    Question 150: To ask the Minister for Finance the outstanding amount of punts remaining to be exchanged for euro at the Central Bank of Ireland at the end of January 2011; if he will detail the...
  • Tax Yield
    Question 152: To ask the Minister for Finance the total revenue to be raised in 2012 from the imposition of a 5% surcharge on persons with gross incomes of more than €100,000 on the amount of...
  • Financial Services Regulation
    Question 156: To ask the Minister for Finance the number of charitable trusts registered at the International Financial Services Centre; the total funds channelled through these trusts during...
  • Insurance Premiums
    Question 157: To ask the Minister for Finance the measures being put in place to ensure that car, life and health insurance companies will not use the European Court of Justice ruling on gender...
  • Pension Provisions
    Question 158: To ask the Minister for Finance the number of public sector workers currently required to make payments under both the pension related deduction for their public pensions and the...
  • Credit Availability
    Question 159: To ask the Minister for Finance if any of the banks in which the State has an investment have applied to take part in the European progress microfinance facility; and if he will...
  • Tax Reliefs
    Question 160: To ask the Minister for Finance the amount of research and development tax credits granted in each of the past four years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9342/12]
  • State Banking Sector
    Question 161: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will provide details of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation’s plans for the disposal or management of its remaining loan book; the value...
  • Departmental Reports
    Question 162: To ask the Minister for Finance the current status of the internal report requested by the Secretary General of his Department in regard to the €3.6 billion accounting error in...
  • Financial Services Regulation
    Question 163: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will provide an update on the application of the Central Bank of Ireland’s fitness and probity regime to current executives working in the...
  • National Asset Management Agency
    Question 164: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will provide details of the number of individual cases that comprise the €160 million of asset transfers by National Asset Management Agency...
  • Financial Services Regulation
    Question 165: To ask the Minister for Finance his plans to regulate high interest pay day loan companies, and other financial institutions that charge exorbitant annual percentage rates for...
  • Banks Capitalisation
    Question 166: To ask the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 122 of 22 November 2011, if he will confirm that all amendments to methodologies and changes to formulas...
  • Tax Reliefs
    Question 167: To ask the Minister for Finance the cost of tax foregone to the Exchequer through tax reliefs for the development of private nursing homes since 2007; if he will provide a...
  • Mortgage Arrears
    Question 168: To ask the Minister for Finance the number of households currently in mortgage distress, that is in arrears of more than 90 days or in restructured payment agreements with their...
  • State Banking Sector
    Question 169: To ask the Minister for Finance the reason there is such a variance in mortgage rates between the State owned lending institutions, which is causing anguish and financial hardship...
  • Tax Reliefs
    Question 170: To ask the Minister for Finance when the mortgage interest relief measures for those who were first-time buyers between 2004 to 2008 announced in budget 2012 will come into effect;...
  • National Asset Management Agency
    Question 171: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will provide a geographical analysis of the National Asset Management Agency’s advances to developers, both approved advances and actual...
  • Tax Code
    Question 172: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will provide a table outlining the projected net tax effect for each individual proposal of each section of the Finance Bill 2012; and if he...
  • Tax Reliefs
    Question 173: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will provide details of the projected cost of tax relief available to those benefiting from the special assignee relief programme to send...
  • Budget Submissions
    Question 174: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will supply details of the organisations or groups who made contact with him to lobby on the Finance Bill 2012; if he will confirm if there...
  • Tax Code
    Question 175: To ask the Minister for Finance the number of persons who benefited from the special assignment relief programme in the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; and if he will make a...
  • Tax Reliefs
    Question 176: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will provide full details of the tax reliefs available to the companies involved in aircraft leasing here; and if he will make a statement on...
  • Tax Code
    Question 177: To ask the Minister for Finance the potential gain for the Exchequer of the provision to tax illness benefit and occupational injury benefit, as provided for in the Finance Bill...
  • Tax Reliefs
    Question 178: To ask the Minister for Finance the cost to the Exchequer of increasing mortgage interest relief for persons who bought a house for the first time between the years 2004 and 2008...
  • Departmental Expenditure
    Question 179: To ask the Minister for Finance the total photography costs for his Department since coming to office; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked over the past year;...
  • Banks Recapitalisation
    Question 180: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will detail all ELA loans currently held by IBRC detailing the amount of the loans, the interest being charged on the loans, the maturity...
  • Consultancy Contracts
    Question 181: To ask the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 146 of 14 February 2012, if he is satisfied that no conflict of interest arises between IBRC retaining the...
  • Customs and Excise Seizures
    Question 182: To ask the Minister for Finance the amount of cigarettes, tobacco products, illegal tablets, offensive weapons and so on that have been seized by Customs and Excise for the years...
  • Ministerial Appointments
    Question 183: To ask the Minister for Finance if a person (details supplied) has been appointed to the National Asset Management Agency advisory group; and if he will make a statement on the...
  • Departmental Agencies
    Question 184: To ask the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 153 of 14 February 2012, if he will provide the names of the 16 firms empanelled to advise National Asset...
  • Ministerial Transport
    Question 185: To ask the Minister for Finance if he uses a State car; the type of car that is used; how often he has used it since coming to office; the cost of the person employed to drive the...
  • Tax Reliefs
    Question 186: To ask the Minister for Finance the reason the non-principal private residence charge cannot be added to the list of allowable items specified in section 97 of the Taxes...
  • Mortgage Interest Rates
    Question 187: To ask the Minister for Finance his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding ECB interest rate cuts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9781/12]
  • Social Welfare Code
    Question 188: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will clarify the anomaly that exists in the way the universal social charge is deducted from pensions (details supplied) depending on who is...
  • State Banking Sector
    Question 189: To ask the Minister for Finance if he believes that it is acceptable that the EBS intends to charge a fee of €7,000 to a family seeking to pay off the balance of their fixed rate...
  • Tax Code
    Question 191: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will reconsider his decision to apply the health levy to the salary of frontier workers in view of the fact that they do not avail of health...
  • Tax Yield
    Question 192: To ask the Minister for Finance the amount of VAT refunded on below-cost selling of alcohol for each of the years 2009, 2010 and 2011; if he will address this issue immediately;...
  • Economic Growth
    Question 193: To ask the Minister for Finance if he is satisfied that his estimated projection level of growth in the Irish economy will actually occur in 2012; and if he will make a statement...
  • Tax Code
    Question 194: To ask the Minister for Finance the reason the tax anomaly for employer contributions to PRSAs and occupation pension schemes has not been addressed. [9993/12]
  • State Aid
    Question 195: To ask the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 148 of 14 February 2012, to list the persons who are the members of the Allied Irish Banks, AIB, non-core team...
  • Job Creation
    Question 196: To ask the Minister for Finance if there has been an assessment done by him on the number of jobs that will be created by the tax break proposal in the Finance Bill 2012. [9366/12]
  • Sovereign Debt Markets
    Question 197: To ask the Minister for Finance if Ireland will be re-entering the markets during 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9365/12]
  • EU Treaties
    Question 198: To ask the Minister for Finance his views regarding the weakening position of the economy in Spain and the challenges it will pose to the new EU treaty rules; and if he will make a...
  • EU-IMF Programme
    Question 199: To ask the Minister for Finance the reason the EU treaty will not lead to further austerity given the capping of annual structural deficits at 0.5% of GDP when the present EU...
  • Economic and Monetary Union
    Question 200: To ask the Minister for Finance if he intends to publish a paper on the implications for domestic economic policy of an EU common economic policy; and if he will make a statement...
  • Financial Transactions Tax
    Question 201: To ask the Minister for Finance his response to the recent announcement of President Sarkozy to introduce a transaction tax from 1 August; if he has discussed this issue directly...
  • EU Treaties
    Question 203: To ask the Minister for Finance his views that the recent EU treaty will actually deal with the substantive debt crisis in the EU, particularly with the most recent developments in...
  • Banking Sector Regulation
    Question 204: To ask the Minister for Finance his plans in respect of restructuring the Anglo Irish Bank promissory note and lowering the annual payment burden; and if he will make a statement...
  • EU Treaties
    Question 205: To ask the Minister for Finance if the linking of accessing the European Stability Mechanism to the new fiscal compact treaty was discussed at the EU Council meeting on 30 January...
  • Departmental Agencies
    Question 206: To ask the Minister for Finance if he will provide the number of retired persons serving on State boards and commissions; and the amount it is costing the State. [10354/12]

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