Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Finance
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 was contact between his Department and companies (details supplied); if he will confirm the details of the contacts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9650/12]
As part of the Budget and Finance Bill 2012 process I received submissions from in the order of 700 organisations, companies and individuals and I would of course have been in touch also with my Ministerial colleagues. Before the Budget I personally met with various groups including the Irish Farmers’ Association, the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association, the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Construction Industry Federation and the Community and Voluntary pillar. Following Budget Day some additional submissions were received by my Department and, after publication of Finance Bill 2012, meetings were held with a number of organisations. These included one of those on the list supplied by the Deputy, namely KPMG. My officials also had e-mail and telephone contact with another of the organisations listed by the Deputy, Financial Services Ireland.
I would advise the Deputy that such contacts are a normal part of the Finance Bill process as various groups seek clarification of the measures being proposed.