Written answers

Wednesday, 4 October 2006

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Election Expenditure

9:00 pm

Photo of Pat BreenPat Breen (Clare, Fine Gael)
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Question 231: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his plans to change the spending limits for election candidates; if so, if he will explain what these changes will be; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30958/06]

Photo of Dick RocheDick Roche (Minister, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Minister of State, Department of An Taoiseach; Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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Section 32 of the Electoral Act 1997, as amended, specifies the maximum amounts of expenditure which may be incurred on behalf of a candidate at a Dáil election. The amounts are €25,394.76 in a 3 seat constituency; €31,743.45 in a 4 seat constituency; and €38,092.14 in a 5 seat constituency. Section 3 of the Act provides that these amounts may be varied, by order of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, having regard to changes in the Consumer Price Index. Any such order must be laid before each House of the Oireachtas. No decision regarding an amending order has been made at this stage.

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