Tuesday, 17 May 2005
Department of Finance
Question 147: To ask the Minister for Finance further to the publication of the Travers report, if his Department has carried out a review of the legal basis for all charges and fees levied by his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department; the outcome of any such review; if any charges have been identified which do not have an adequate legal basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15945/05]
The Department of Finance has started to review existing delegations, including the legal basis for any charges and fees levied by the Department. It is arranging for a similar exercise to be carried out by the agencies under its aegis. I understand that a similar exercise will be carried out by other Departments and offices. The Deputy will appreciate that the exercise is ongoing. No charges have yet been identified which do not have an adequate legal basis. The Deputy is aware that the taxation issues he has raised are subject to review by the House in the annual Finance Bill.