Written answers

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Department of Finance

Departmental Reports

Photo of Billy KelleherBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail)
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60. To ask the Minister for Finance if he will provide in tabular form the reports/reviews/studies commissioned by him or his Department or agencies under the aegis of his Department since 9 March 2011; the date on which they were commissioned; the date on which they were completed; the date on which they were published; the cost of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12431/14]

Photo of Michael NoonanMichael Noonan (Minister, Department of Finance; Limerick City, Fine Gael)
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A fully comprehensive response regrettably could not be compiled in the time available. My officials have requested the outstanding material from the various agencies and this will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is available.

In reply to the Deputy's question, we have however included in the table below what information is available at this juncture.  Except where otherwise stated, the document has been commissioned by my Department. I should point for clarification out that I have assumed that the Deputy's reference to "reports" does not include annual reports or reports delivered pursurant to other statutory obligations.  These are therefore not included below.

Many tax schemes are reviewed in the context of the annual Budget and Finance Bill but detailed reports may not necessarily be published but may be referred to or form part of TSG papers, submissions to the Minister or other budget papers.  

Name of  Report/ Review/Study  Commissioned Date Commissioned Date report was completed Date published Cost of  the Report
Review of Remuneration Practices and Frameworks at the Covered Institutions28/6/201211/3/2013 12/3/2013€119,000 (ex VAT)
PMCA Economic Consultancy to provide economic analysis and assistance in the preparation of the MTES 2014-2020   2.10.20136.12.2013It is intended that the report will be published on the MTES website in the near future.  €49,043 (VAT incl.)
Review of scheme of tax relief on donations to charities and approved bodies.  8 Feb 2012Budget day, 5 Dec 2012Budget day, 5 Dec 2012No external costs
Independent cost benefit analysis of Living City Initiative June 2013October 201315 October 2013€28,290.00

Review of the Universal Social ChargeMarch 2011October 2011November 2011 No external costs
Independent survey of R&D performing firms in Ireland 201310/05/201315/10/201315/10/2013€36,850.80
Fiscal Rules for Ireland

28/11/201112/01/2012January 2012€15,750.07 incl VAT
Cigarette  survey 2011 Revenue CommissionersSept 2011June 2012Sept 2012€28,105(inc VAT)
Cigarette  survey 2012   Office of the Revenue CommissionersSept 2012April 2013Nov  2013€28,105(inc VAT)
Report on valuations of properties to support the introduction of LPT Office of the Revenue CommissionersJan 2013Feb 2013Report not published.  €56,653(inc VAT)
Report on the operation of VAT in a specific case   Office of the Revenue CommissionersJan 2013Dec 2013Report not published.Nil (Pro Bono)
Cigarette  survey 2013 Office of the Revenue CommissionersOct 2013In progressIn progress€28,105(inc VAT)
Roll your own tobacco survey Office of the Revenue CommissionersNov 2013In progressIn progress€22,996 (inc VAT)


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