Written Answers. - Betting Tax.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

464 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Finance the amount of money collected from the tax on on-course horse racing in each of the past five years; and the amount of money collected on off-course betting. [28412/98]

Paul Connaughton

Question:

465 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Finance the amount of money collected on off- course greyhound racing betting in each of the past five years. [28413/98]

I propose to answer Questions Nos. 464 and 465 together.

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the relevant information available relates to the total amount received from all betting duty levied off-course for each of the years from 1994 to 1998 and is as follows:

Year

Betting Duty

£

1994

36,054,676 (provisional)

1995

38,218,981 (provisional)

1996

40,641,469 (provisional)

1997

45,524,127 (provisional)

1998

52,138,568 (provisional)

The commissioners have also informed me that the specific information requested in respect of the horse racing and greyhound racing elements could not be obtained without undertaking inquiries which could only be carried out at a disproportionate cost.
There is no tax on on-course betting at horse racing meetings. There is, however, a levy of 5 per cent on on-course betting which is paid to the Irish Horseracing Authority and a 10 per cent levy on away bets and on the betting in the SP betting shop at the racecourses which is also paid to the IHA.
I am informed by the Department of Agriculture and Food that the income from the levies over the past five years is as follows:

Year

5% Levy

10% Levy

£

£

1994

3,371,000

1995

3,355,000

39,000

1996

3,719,000

269,000

1997

3,987,000

372,000

1998

4,387,000

449,000