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Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: As we have a quorum we will commence the meeting. Apologies have been received from Deputies Seán Barrett, Josepha Madigan, Lisa Chambers and Michael McGrath. The committee has been informed the Minister will have to leave by 11.30 a.m. due to other commitments. As such, I propose we deal with the business of the committee at the end of the meeting. Is that agreed? Agreed. The role...

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: Deputy Doherty's ten minutes are concluded. I am happy to concede my time but I will have to come back to him at the end as I must be strict. I have a brief question for the Minister. The Taoiseach is reported as saying that the refunds will be made in a matter of weeks but the Minister has indicated there will be a longer timeline than that.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: Okay.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: We have limited time so let us move on.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: Given the length of the question and the answer the Deputy has about one minute for a follow-up. Perhaps he can have another minute at the end.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: I heard the word "neoliberal".

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: Very briefly.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: I am sorry that we have been shoehorned into these time constraints but it is due to the fact that the Minister is leaving. We have 30 seconds for a follow up-----

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: That is the Deputy's minute.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: I thank the Deputy, his point is well made. Will the Minister respond to that?

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: I am happy to chair the committee.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: I am completely neutral on this. It was flagged a week ago that the Minister would be leaving the meeting after an hour so there was that expectation. Deputy Broughan has already left the meeting. I am in the hands of the members.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: We appreciate that.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: For clarification on the budget, given that we caught the Minister on the hop, did he say the second Tuesday?

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: Is that not Tuesday, 10 October?

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: Tuesday, 10 October will be budget day.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: It has gone into all of our diaries in expectation.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: The Deputy should allow the Minister to answer his question.

Committee on Budgetary Oversight: Summer Economic Statement: Discussion. (20 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: I thank the Minister for extending his time at the meeting. It was much appreciated as everybody received an answer to the questions they raised. The Minister has assented to return to the committee in September. I appreciate that he will come before the committee prior to the budget because the committee will be making a submission in the context of capital expenditure. In this context...

Legal Metrology (Measuring Instruments) Bill 2017: Second Stage (14 Jul 2017)

John Lahart: I am going to restrict myself to just another few minutes.

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