Written Answers.

The following are questions tabled by Members for written response and the ministerial replies as received on the day from the Departments [unrevised].

Income Levels

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

1 Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Taoiseach the income distribution of persons aged 65 years and over according to the income distribution bands of the Central Statistics Office EU-SILC weekly equivalised income deciles (details supplied) when you do not include social State transfers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24090/10]

The latest published SILC results are for reference year 2008. Table 1 below shows the distribution of persons by age group across the published SILC income bands when social transfers are excluded from income. Table 2 shows the average income of those persons referred to in table 1 when social transfers are excluded.

Table 1: Distribution of persons by SILC 2008 income band by age group, based on income excluding social transfers

Decile

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Weekly threshold (€)

<212.67

<256.19

<296.49

<341.17

<397.82

<450.92

<524.45

<612.25

<769.99

>769.99

Age group

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

0-17

38.0

7.8

5.4

8.0

8.8

7.8

6.4

6.5

6.0

5.3

18-64

32.2

6.7

4.5

6.0

8.5

7.4

6.8

8.7

9.7

9.5

65+

84.3

2.4

2.3

1.9

2.1

1.2

1.5

1.1

1.3

2.0

Table 2: Average weekly equivalised income excluding social transfers by SILC 2008 income band and age

Decile

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Weekly threshold (€)

<212.67

<256.19

<296.49

<341.17

<397.82

<450.92

<524.45

<612.25

<769.99

>769.99

Average Weekly Equivalised Income

Net Disposable Income (less social transfers)

0-17

82.51

235.79

273.09

316.73

371.60

419.77

485.29

565.98

690.75

1,369.56

18-64

79.81

235.84

274.56

316.89

368.99

421.88

487.58

565.82

682.32

1,117.32

65+

23.45

236.07

274.29

315.99

368.25

425.28

491.34

564.96

667.39

1,221.46

Departmental Bodies

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

2 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Taoiseach the details and outcome of the past three reviews by his Department’s Governance Support Division of compliance by his Department’s State bodies with the code of practice, in particular to name the State bodies that have not achieved full compliance; the reason for same; the action taken by him; the results of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24393/10]

The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) is the only body under the aegis of my Department. I am satisfied that the NESDO complies with the relevant aspects of the code of practice, as well as the statutory requirements placed on the Office by the NESDO Act 2006.

My Department is currently reviewing the governance arrangements in relation to the NESDO in light of the recent Government decision to amalgamate its three constituent bodies by absorbing the National Economic and Social Forum (NESF) and the National Centre for Partnership and Performance (NCPP) into the National Economic and Social Council (NESC).

Unemployment Levels

Arthur Morgan

Question:

3 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Taoiseach the number of persons on the Live Register in December 2009, broken down by age, gender and county; the number of persons on the Live Register in December 2008, broken down by age, gender and county; the number of persons on the Live Register in December 2007, broken down by age, gender and county; the number of persons on the Live Register in April 2007, broken down by age, gender and county; the number of persons on the Live Register in April 2002, broken down by age, gender and county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24571/10]

The Live Register series gives a monthly breakdown of the number of people claiming jobseekers Benefit, Jobseekers Allowance and other registrants as registered with the Department of Social Protection.

The following table shows the number of persons on the Live Register broken down by age, gender and county in December 2009, December 2008, December 2007, April 2007 and April 2002.

It should be noted that the Live Register is not a definitive measure of unemployment as it includes part-time workers, and seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseekers Benefit or Allowance. It should also be noted that the Live Register includes only those aged 17 years and over.

Persons on the Live Register in December 2009, by gender, age and county.

Male

Female

All Persons

December 2009

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total Males

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total Females

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total All Persons

Cavan County

957

3,921

4,878

566

1,745

2,311

1,523

5,666

7,189

Donegal County

3,162

10,643

13,805

1,628

5,315

6,943

4,790

15,958

20,748

Leitrim County

433

2,007

2,440

220

940

1,160

653

2,947

3,600

Louth County

2,204

8,957

11,161

1,185

4,268

5,453

3,389

13,225

16,614

Monaghan County

817

3,499

4,316

433

1,585

2,018

1,250

5,084

6,334

Sligo County

698

2,594

3,292

425

1,275

1,700

1,123

3,869

4,992

Laoighis County

1,079

4,174

5,253

584

1,842

2,426

1,663

6,016

7,679

Longford County

646

2,897

3,543

379

1,235

1,614

1,025

4,132

5,157

Offaly County

1,137

4,431

5,568

628

1,995

2,623

1,765

6,426

8,191

Westmeath County

1,290

5,168

6,458

811

2,727

3,538

2,101

7,895

9,996

Galway County

2,959

11,835

14,794

1,621

6,307

7,928

4,580

18,142

22,722

Mayo County

1,750

6,824

8,574

877

3,285

4,162

2,627

10,109

12,736

Roscommon County

562

2,079

2,641

253

926

1,179

815

3,005

3,820

Dublin County

13,030

54,764

67,794

6,959

26,419

33,378

19,989

81,183

101,172

Kildare County

2,104

9,148

11,252

1,217

4,760

5,977

3,321

13,908

17,229

Meath County

1,265

5,996

7,261

765

3,045

3,810

2,030

9,041

11,071

Wicklow County

1,399

6,419

7,818

662

3,291

3,953

2,061

9,710

11,771

Clare County

1,312

5,454

6,766

714

2,924

3,638

2,026

8,378

10,404

Limerick County

2,786

11,653

14,439

1,543

5,393

6,936

4,329

17,046

21,375

North Tipperary

870

3,328

4,198

482

1,893

2,375

1,352

5,221

6,573

Carlow County

924

3,633

4,557

493

1,528

2,021

1,417

5,161

6,578

Kilkenny County

939

3,932

4,871

492

1,706

2,198

1,431

5,638

7,069

South Tipperary

1,269

4,780

6,049

610

1,855

2,465

1,879

6,635

8,514

Waterford County

1,809

7,781

9,590

1,025

3,730

4,755

2,834

11,511

14,345

Wexford County

2,406

9,428

11,834

1,394

4,928

6,322

3,800

14,356

18,156

Cork County

5,128

24,299

29,427

2,617

11,593

14,210

7,745

35,892

43,637

Kerry County

1,870

8,405

10,275

1,010

4,638

5,648

2,880

13,043

15,923

State

54,805

228,049

282,854

29,593

111,148

140,741

84,398

339,197

423,595

Persons on the Live Register in December 2008, by gender, age and county.

December 2008

Male

Female

All Persons

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total Males

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total Females

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total All Persons

Cavan County

693

2,713

3,406

404

1,258

1,662

1,097

3,971

5,068

Donegal County

2,533

7,570

10,103

1,256

3,895

5,151

3,789

11,465

15,254

Leitrim County

316

1,365

1,681

129

689

818

445

2,054

2,499

Louth County

1,660

6,074

7,734

815

2,866

3,681

2,475

8,940

11,415

Monaghan County

559

2,282

2,841

286

1,170

1,456

845

3,452

4,297

Sligo County

531

1,893

2,424

270

835

1,105

801

2,728

3,529

Laoighis County

845

2,845

3,690

427

1,259

1,686

1,272

4,104

5,376

Longford County

529

2,092

2,621

285

926

1,211

814

3,018

3,832

Offaly County

855

2,994

3,849

476

1,286

1,762

1,331

4,280

5,611

Westmeath County

1,028

3,621

4,649

631

1,993

2,624

1,659

5,614

7,273

Galway County

2,294

8,614

10,908

1,202

4,337

5,539

3,496

12,951

16,447

Mayo County

1,223

4,618

5,841

606

2,322

2,928

1,829

6,940

8,769

Roscommon County

417

1,453

1,870

178

645

823

595

2,098

2,693

Dublin County

9,661

36,131

45,792

4,766

16,608

21,374

14,427

52,739

67,166

Kildare County

1,635

6,067

7,702

789

3,026

3,815

2,424

9,093

11,517

Meath County

911

3,714

4,625

442

1,910

2,352

1,353

5,624

6,977

Wicklow County

1,094

4,379

5,473

449

2,157

2,606

1,543

6,536

8,079

Clare County

1,009

3,774

4,783

480

2,236

2,716

1,489

6,010

7,499

Limerick County

2,073

7,433

9,506

1,143

3,350

4,493

3,216

10,783

13,999

North Tipperary

625

2,151

2,776

317

1,241

1,558

942

3,392

4,334

Carlow County

656

2,373

3,029

296

1,000

1,296

952

3,373

4,325

Kilkenny County

709

2,717

3,426

362

1,183

1,545

1,071

3,900

4,971

South Tipperary

985

3,203

4,188

400

1,290

1,690

1,385

4,493

5,878

Waterford County

1,477

5,518

6,995

727

2,727

3,454

2,204

8,245

10,449

Wexford County

1,854

6,595

8,449

1,005

3,520

4,525

2,859

10,115

12,974

Cork County

3,654

14,898

18,552

1,795

7,280

9,075

5,449

22,178

27,627

Kerry County

1,439

6,229

7,668

797

3,695

4,492

2,236

9,924

12,160

State

41,265

153,316

194,581

20,733

74,704

95,437

61,998

228,020

290,018

Persons on the Live Register in December 2007, by gender, age and county.

December 2007

Male

Female

All Persons

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total Males

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total Females

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total All Persons

Cavan County

329

1,267

1,596

212

820

1,032

541

2,087

2,628

Donegal County

1,161

4,353

5,514

788

2,805

3,593

1,949

7,158

9,107

Leitrim County

148

723

871

91

480

571

239

1,203

1,442

Louth County

891

3,491

4,382

468

2,042

2,510

1,359

5,533

6,892

Monaghan County

230

1,133

1,363

155

739

894

385

1,872

2,257

Sligo County

287

1,121

1,408

145

583

728

432

1,704

2,136

Laoighis County

400

1,320

1,720

236

831

1,067

636

2,151

2,787

Longford County

328

1,228

1,556

173

649

822

501

1,877

2,378

Offaly County

430

1,608

2,038

288

956

1,244

718

2,564

3,282

Westmeath County

529

1,899

2,428

334

1,340

1,674

863

3,239

4,102

Galway County

1,182

4,792

5,974

741

3,040

3,781

1,923

7,832

9,755

Mayo County

589

2,569

3,158

340

1,591

1,931

929

4,160

5,089

Roscommon County

199

746

945

94

473

567

293

1,219

1,512

Dublin County

5,326

21,578

26,904

2,685

11,243

13,928

8,011

32,821

40,832

Kildare County

724

2,894

3,618

411

2,032

2,443

1,135

4,926

6,061

Meath County

380

1,698

2,078

225

1,254

1,479

605

2,952

3,557

Wicklow County

572

2,356

2,928

276

1,407

1,683

848

3,763

4,611

Clare County

523

2,186

2,709

313

1,674

1,987

836

3,860

4,696

Limerick County

1,060

4,238

5,298

680

2,258

2,938

1,740

6,496

8,236

North Tipperary

282

1,121

1,403

186

879

1,065

468

2,000

2,468

Carlow County

330

1,203

1,533

177

738

915

507

1,941

2,448

Kilkenny County

332

1,402

1,734

189

769

958

521

2,171

2,692

South Tipperary

505

1,619

2,124

275

889

1,164

780

2,508

3,288

Waterford County

860

3,269

4,129

488

2,008

2,496

1,348

5,277

6,625

Wexford County

948

3,467

4,415

638

2,458

3,096

1,586

5,925

7,511

Cork County

1,911

8,698

10,609

1,037

5,050

6,087

2,948

13,748

16,696

Kerry County

712

3,551

4,263

476

2,549

3,025

1,188

6,100

7,288

State

21,168

85,530

106,698

12,121

51,557

63,678

33,289

137,087

170,376

Persons on the Live Register in April 2007, by gender, age and county.

April 2007

Male

Female

All Persons

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total Males

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total Females

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total All Persons

Cavan County

241

1,098

1339

177

809

986

418

1,907

2,325

Donegal County

972

4,059

5,031

760

2,697

3,457

1,732

6,756

8,488

Leitrim County

91

530

621

74

440

514

165

970

1,135

Louth County

808

3,214

4,022

500

2,050

2,550

1,308

5,264

6,572

Monaghan County

194

949

1,143

158

728

886

352

1677

2,029

Sligo County

268

946

1,214

138

517

655

406

1,463

1,869

Laoighis County

281

925

1206

229

747

976

510

1,672

2,182

Longford County

258

939

1,197

201

627

828

459

1,566

2,025

Offaly County

334

1,334

1,668

263

893

1,156

597

2,227

2,824

Westmeath County

475

1,611

2,086

388

1,261

1,649

863

2,872

3,735

Galway County

1,048

4,296

5,344

728

2,926

3,654

1,776

7,222

8,998

Mayo County

518

2,183

2,701

326

1,541

1,867

844

3,724

4,568

Roscommon County

151

605

756

81

434

515

232

1,039

1,271

Dublin County

5140

20,377

25,517

2,775

10,641

13,416

7,915

31,018

38,933

Kildare County

594

2,521

3,115

389

1,930

2,319

983

4,451

5,434

Meath County

333

1,404

1,737

229

1,115

1,344

562

2,519

3,081

Wicklow County

487

2,146

2,633

256

1,322

1,578

743

3,468

4,211

Clare County

418

1,771

2,189

278

1,448

1,726

696

3,219

3,915

Limerick County

1,004

3,673

4,677

652

1,898

2,550

1,656

5,571

7,227

North Tipperary

261

1,001

1,262

197

793

990

458

1,794

2,252

Carlow County

248

950

1,198

201

667

868

449

1,617

2,066

Kilkenny County

296

1,191

1,487

220

748

968

516

1,939

2,455

South Tipperary

404

1,400

1,804

270

778

1,048

674

2,178

2,852

Waterford County

759

3,066

3,825

489

1,909

2,398

1,248

4,975

6,223

Wexford County

686

2,955

3,641

609

2,337

2,946

1,295

5,292

6,587

Cork County

1,614

7,578

9,192

1,000

4,667

5,667

2,614

12,245

14,859

Kerry County

593

2,924

3,517

446

2,240

2,686

1,039

5,164

6,203

State

18,476

75,646

94,122

12,034

48,163

60,197

30,510

123,809

154,319

Persons on the Live Register in April 2002, by gender, age and county.

April 2002

Male

Female

All Persons

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total Males

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total Females

Under 25 years

25 years & over

Total All Persons

Cavan County

198

972

1,170

131

603

734

329

1575

1,904

Donegal County

1,143

4,884

6,027

871

2,831

3,702

2,014

7,715

9,729

Leitrim County

77

552

629

54

416

470

131

968

1,099

Louth County

965

3,522

4,487

618

2,576

3,194

1,583

6,098

7,681

Monaghan County

300

1,260

1,560

190

861

1,051

490

2,121

2,611

Sligo County

292

1,147

1,439

201

742

943

493

1,889

2,382

Laoighis County

249

907

1,156

182

699

881

431

1,606

2,037

Longford County

195

797

992

130

537

667

325

1,334

1,659

Offaly County

276

1,161

1,437

209

875

1,084

485

2,036

2,521

Westmeath County

314

1,395

1,709

316

1,151

1,467

630

2,546

3,176

Galway County

974

4,216

5,190

734

2,695

3,429

1,708

6,911

8,619

Mayo County

551

3,153

3,704

339

2,036

2,375

890

5,189

6,079

Roscommon County

113

777

890

96

496

592

209

1,273

1,482

Dublin County

4,761

19,967

24,728

2,700

11,518

14,218

7,461

31,485

38,946

Kildare County

460

1,920

2,380

329

1,423

1,752

789

3,343

4,132

Meath County

306

1,381

1,687

215

975

1,190

521

2,356

2,877

Wicklow County

460

1,926

2,386

274

1,331

1,605

734

3,257

3,991

Clare County

348

1,595

1,943

234

1,247

1,481

582

2,842

3,424

Limerick County

903

3,620

4,523

549

2,310

2,859

1,452

5,930

7,382

North Tipperary

244

978

1,222

189

717

906

433

1695

2,128

Carlow County

246

984

1,230

192

706

898

438

1,690

2,128

Kilkenny County

262

1,128

1,390

163

675

838

425

1,803

2,228

South Tipperary

433

1,696

2,129

282

1,079

1,361

715

2,775

3,490

Waterford County

657

2,668

3,325

435

1,871

2,306

1,092

4,539

5,631

Wexford County

696

2,970

3,666

618

2,261

2,879

1,314

5,231

6,545

Cork County

1,880

8,561

10,441

1,188

5,154

6,342

3,068

13,715

16,783

Kerry County

533

2,805

3,338

370

1,865

2,235

903

4,670

5,573

State

17,836

76,942

94,778

11,809

49,650

61,459

29,645

126,592

156,237

Departmental Bodies

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

4 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Taoiseach the arrangements that are in place to implement policy in relation to determining and approving the remuneration of each chief executive officer and managing director under the auspices of his Department; the salary of each such chief executive officer and managing director; if such arrangements have been breached in the past three years and the person involved; if he has taken any action; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24604/10]

The contract for the Director of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) is approved by the Department of Finance and all remuneration to the Director of the NESC is in accordance with the salary scales and guidelines issued by that Department. The salary for the Director of the NESC is the same as that applicable to the Civil Service grade of Assistant Secretary, and is currently €146,191. The current Director of the NESC also receives an allowance of 16.66% in lieu of pension. He does not receive any additional salary or allowance as Chief Executive Officer of the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO).

Expo 2010 Shanghai

Noel Ahern

Question:

5 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the strategy for follow-up in order to capitalise on our investment in the Shanghai International Exhibition 2010 from a tourism, industrial and education point of view; and if a statement will be made on the matter in relation to the level and named Irish agencies operating there; if marketing is outsourced and so on; and if it is intended to recruit local staff with knowledge of the Irish scene on the subsequent marketing and sale campaign. [24078/10]

The Department of An Taoiseach is responsible for coordinating the arrangements in relation to all aspects of our participation in Expo 2010 in Shanghai, including all decisions in relation to staffing and marketing. None of the Agencies that come under the aegis of my Department have a permanent operational presence in the pavilion.

In relation to the Deputy's specific point on a strategy for follow-up, my Department and the development agencies have engaged with the Department of An Taoiseach to ensure that any opportunities for potential trade or investment benefits for Ireland, which could flow from our involvement in the Expo, will be pursued.

Work Permits

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

6 Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if he will give migrant workers in the employment permit system the right to change employment in their job category; and his views on whether permit holders deserve the basic right to change employer. [24400/10]

Since 2004, a key element of Irish labour market policy has been to ensure that general labour and skills needs are met from indigenous labour and from within the workforce of the European Union. For strategic skills or labour shortages in designated occupations in key economic sectors, Government policy is to issue employment permits for the employment of non-EEA nationals for specific vacancies and in response to employer demand. The various schemes that give effect to such policies — Green Cards, Work Permits, Spousal and Dependant Work Permits and permits for Intra-company Transferees — were introduced following enactment of the Employment Permits Act, 2006 and came into effect on 1st February 2007.

In early 2009, the Department undertook a review of employment permit arrangements to ensure their ongoing relevance to the needs of the Irish labour market. As an outcome of this review, more stringent eligibility criteria were implemented for prospective new entrants to the work permit schemes from 1st June 2009 onwards.

The Employment Permits Act 2006 provides immigrants with greater freedom, autonomy and control over their own employment choices by enabling workers, for the first time, to apply and re-apply for their own permit. The Act also allows workers to change their employer after a period of a year and move to another employment in order to take advantage of better conditions or career options.

It is important to retain the current arrangements which operate also to protect employees as it allows the system to trace employers who employ permit holders. I believe that the current arrangements for moving jobs are sufficiently flexible. A properly controlled employment permit system requires that permits be issued to a specific employee for a specific job with a specific employer. To do otherwise would not only risk abuse of the employment permit system but would make it much more difficult to ensure that employers observed the employment rights of employees.

Although employment permits are employer and location specific, it is the case that the Department currently makes best efforts to facilitate those who encounter difficult situations and who wish to change employers, with new employment permits. In the past year, for instance, almost 1,500 new employment permits were issued in respect of employees changing to new employers. These permit applications were issued without regard to the normal requirements of advertising the position in daily newspapers and with FÁS.

Exploitation in the labour market is unacceptable and I urge all who find themselves in this position, including employees on employment permits or persons who know of such a situation, to contact the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) who will investigate these matters. While reporting of breaches can sometimes present difficulties for employees who hold permits linked to a particular employer, I would remind the Deputy that NERA will also act on complaints made to them anonymously.

The Employment Permits Act 2006 provides for regular review of Ireland's economic migration policies and my Department keeps these policies under review on an on-going basis.

EU Directives

Michael Fitzpatrick

Question:

7 Deputy Michael Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the reason his Department deleted paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 of Schedule 2 of Statutory Instrument No. 220 of 2010, the European Communities (Statutory Audits) (Directive 2006/43/EC) Regulations 2010, that were contained in earlier drafts; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that one of the recognised accountancy bodies has made representations on this matter seeking discussions on the decision to delete these paragraphs to which they did not receive any reply from his Department in advance of the signing of the regulation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24086/10]

Directive 2006/43/EC was transposed by means of S.I. No. 220 of 2010 on 20th May, 2010. No amendments have been made to the Regulations since and no paragraphs have been deleted from Schedule 2 of S.I. No. 220 of 2010.

In June 2007, the Department established a group consisting of the six Recognised Accountancy Bodies (RABs) and the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA) to assist with the transposition of the Directive. The group met at regular intervals and considered each of the Articles of the Directive in detail. The Department undertook a formal written consultation in July 2008 in relation to Articles 9, 11 and 12 concerning optional derogations from standards of knowledge, education, competence and training for auditors.

The majority of the recognised accountancy bodies were strongly of the view that to avail of the derogations provided in these Articles could seriously diminish the quality and status of the professional qualification. In addition, the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA), which has responsibility for promoting adherence to high professional standards in the auditing and accountancy profession, were concerned about any dilution in educational standards relating to qualification. In its view this could seriously compromise the integrity of the system of auditor qualification in Ireland. In the light of these views, it was decided not to avail of these derogations and this was communicated to the group in advance of making the Regulations.

I am aware that representations have been made by one of the recognised accountancy bodies and a reply will issue to this body on the issues raised as soon as possible.

Work Permits

Finian McGrath

Question:

8 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the various schemes and programmes that allow non-EU nationals to work in this State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24163/10]

Under the Employment Permits Acts 2003 and 2006 a non-EEA national must hold a valid employment permit issued by my Department or have other relevant permission from the Department of Justice and Law Reform to work in the State.

The Employment Permits Section of my Department processes employment permit applications under the different Employment Permit Schemes (Green Cards, Work Permits, Spousal/Dependant and Intra-company Transfer). All applications under these Schemes are processed in accordance with the Employment Permits Act 2006.

The four types of schemes operated under the Employment Permits legislation are:

Green Card Scheme

The Green Card Scheme is for occupations where there are strategically important high-level skills shortages. The Green Card Scheme is available for an extensive list of occupations with annual salaries of €60,000 and above, and for a specified list of occupations with salaries between €30,000 and €60,000.

This list of occupations has been identified after taking advice from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and is reviewed on a regular basis with its assistance. The list includes professional and associate professional occupations where we have skill shortages, such as in the Information and Communications Technology, Health Care, Engineering, Financial Services and Research sectors. The full list is posted on my Department's website at www.deti.ie.

No labour market test is required for the Green Card applications, so advertising with FAS and the European Employment Services — EURES, and in newspapers is not necessary. Green Cards are issued for two years initially and will normally lead to the granting of permanent or long-term residence after that. Green Card holders are also permitted to bring their spouses and families to join them immediately.

Work Permits Scheme

The second type of employment permit scheme is a Work Permit scheme. The Work Permit is mainly for non-Green Card occupations in the €30,000 to €60,000 annual salary range. It is only granted in exceptional circumstances for occupations with salaries below €30,000.

In order to establish that vacancies which are the subject of Work Permit applications cannot be filled by Irish or other European nationals, as required by our EU `Community preference' obligations, they are the subject of a rigorous labour market needs test. This test includes both advertising with FAS and the European Employment Services, or EURES, and in local and national newspapers.

There are also a number of categories of employment for which Work Permits will not to be considered, because it is clear that they can be filled from within the EEA. These occupations are also detailed on my Department's website.

Work permits are granted initially for a period of 2 years, and then, upon renewal, for a further period of up to 3 years.

Intra-Company Transfer Scheme

The Intra-Company transfer scheme is for trans-national senior management, key personnel and trainees. This facility is designed to allow multi-national companies to transfer this cohort of staff between branches in different countries, or to transfer staff with particular skills, knowledge and expertise here on a temporary basis in a start-up situation.

These permits are only available for those with annual salaries above €40,000 who can clearly show that they fit into one of these three categories and who have been with the sending company for one year.

These permits are for a period of two years initially, with the possibility of an extension for up to a further three years. No labour market needs test is required in respect of Intra-Company Transfer applications.

Spousal/Dependant Scheme

The fourth scheme is the Spousal/Dependant Scheme, which allows the spouses and dependants of specific Employment Permit holders who are entitled to reside here to apply for Work Permits. This allows the spouses and dependants of work permit holders to help support their families. These applications do not require a labour market needs test and may be in respect of any occupation in the labour market.

Advertising Agencies

Liz McManus

Question:

9 Deputy Liz McManus asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if, in view of the recent collapse of a major advertising agency and the attendant financial losses to small and medium enterprise dealing with that company, he will ensure that advertising agencies are properly regulated and bonded to protect their clients into the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24185/10]

I have no functional responsibility in relation to the regulation of advertising agencies and, hence, I have no plans to require that they be bonded.

Advertising agencies, like all companies, are covered by the provisions of the Companies Acts and creditors, including SMEs, can exercise their rights in accordance with those provisions.

If creditors are aware of any breaches of company law, they should refer the matter to the Director of Corporate Enforcement.

Israeli Imports

Sean Sherlock

Question:

10 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the amount of imported goods from Israel for the year 2009 and to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24192/10]

In 2009, Ireland imported goods from Israel to the value of €82.4 million. Services imports from that country for 2008, the last year for which data is available, were valued at €75 million.

The most recent figures for this year show that Ireland imported goods to the value of €11.1 million from Israel for the period January – February 2010.

Departmental Expenditure

Leo Varadkar

Question:

11 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the full cost of moving all Enterprise Ireland offices to a single location in East Point, Dublin 3; the cost per year of leasing office space in East Point; the length of time for which a lease has been signed; if Enterprise Ireland rents car park spaces in Dublin; if so, the number of same and the cost; if there were additional staff costs associated with moving Enterprise Ireland to East Point; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24253/10]

When Enterprise Ireland was established in 1998 it became a strategic objective to bring all Dublin based staff together in one location. This was achieved with the move to East Point Business Park in September 2008. Until this time, Enterprise Ireland occupied four office locations in Dublin, primarily as a result of the amalgamation of various state agencies into a single organisation over a number of years to support indigenous enterprise. From an operational perspective, occupying four separate locations in Dublin was not satisfactory for an Agency mandated to provide a range of services and expertise in a holistic manner across several critical business functions.

The capital cost of moving from four Dublin based Enterprise Ireland offices to a single location at East Point amounted to €24m. A breakdown of these costs is set out in the tabular statement.

The annual cost of leasing the property is €3.55m, which includes rent and service charge. This compares to an annual cost of €4.42m for leasing the previous locations at Merrion Hall, IPC House and a portion of Wilton House – an annual saving of €0.87m. The move to a single location also resulted in operational savings of €1m per annum. Options are being explored regarding the disposal of the Glasnevin site, following which approximately €1m in savings will accrue – which will bring the total savings to approximately €3m per annum. The lease is for 25 years with 10 and 15 year break clauses.

Enterprise Ireland leased 290 car parking spaces from the East Point Management Company. In addition, EI procured an additional 80 spaces from Dublin Port Company — these spaces are primarily used for clients attending Enterprise Ireland events hosted at East Point. The total cost of all spaces is €373,000 per annum.

There was minimal additional staff costs associated with the move. Following a Labour Relations Commission hearing, it was agreed that each staff member would receive a small gratuity and the total cost for 620 staff amounted to €65,000 approximately. The recommendation was in line with agreement reached for other state agency moves.

Breakdown of capital costs associated with moving to East Point

€m

Fit-out

16.2

Furniture (desks, meeting rooms, audio visual equipment etc)

3.7

I.T Infrastructure

1.8

Professional Fees

2.3

Total

24.0

Job Protection

Terence Flanagan

Question:

12 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if she will deal with a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24280/10]

As I outlined in my reply to the Deputy on 27 May, the outcome of the meeting was extremely positive. The takeover company has committed to investments already planned by the company acquired and this investment programme will be implemented over the next two years. Investment in new manufacturing technology is currently taking place and is due to be operational by the year-end in the Dublin 17 facility. I understand that there are 963 people employed there out of a total Irish-based workforce of 1,130. Agreements have been reached with all key employee groups at locations in Dublin and Kerry regarding a redundancy programme which will reduce the workforce by approximately 200. This redundancy programme was announced by the company in June 2009, seven months prior to the acquisition.

The Government and Enterprise Ireland have communicated to the takeover company that they are anxious to work in partnership with it to explore and capitalize on strategic opportunities that can be delivered so that growth ambitions are maximized. Enterprise Ireland will continue the process of engaging with the takeover company in relation to building research and innovation capability, improving competitiveness and strengthening manufacturing operations.

Job Creation

Charles Flanagan

Question:

13 Deputy Charles Flanagan asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the number of Industrial Development Authority sponsored jobs created in County Laois in 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24322/10]

The Forfás Annual Employment Survey reports on job gains and losses in companies that are supported by the industrial development agencies. Data is compiled on an annualized basis and therefore figures for 2010 will not be available until early 2011.

The survey shows that in 2007 nine new jobs were created in IDA supported companies in county Laois. There were no new jobs created in IDA supported companies in County Laois in 2008 or 2009.

Departmental Staff

Leo Varadkar

Question:

14 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the number of Enterprise Ireland overseas positions by geographic breakdown; the number of same for March 2008 and March 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24372/10]

Leo Varadkar

Question:

15 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the reason Enterprise Ireland requested the roll over of 53 overseas positions in June 2009; the impact that the sanctioning of only four of these positions has had on services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24373/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 and 15 together.

Enterprise Ireland has a network of 30 international offices. The staffing complement of these overseas offices by geographic breakdown for March 2008, 2009 and 2010 is set out in the tabular statement below.

The Public Sector Recruitment Moratorium provides that until the end of 2010, no public service post, however arising, may be filled by recruitment, promotion, nor payment of an allowance for the performance of duties at a higher grade. Where vacancies arise Departments/agencies must reallocate staff or re-organise work accordingly. Any exceptions to this moratorium will require the prior sanction of the Minister for Finance.

As a result of the moratorium a number of vacant posts have remained unfilled within Enterprise Ireland (EI). These vacancies are as a result of resignations and the expiration of individual contracts.

Enterprise Ireland has a number of staff on fixed term contracts in overseas offices and some of these contracts are due to expire over the next two years. The figure of 53 refers to the number of fixed term contracts which will expire over the period to end 2012. To date, sanction has been received to fill six overseas posts and these staff have been recruited to assist EI client companies operating in key overseas markets such as the UK, Europe and in Asia. The approval to fill these posts has helped to ensure the continuity of services to client companies exporting to these key markets. Enterprise Ireland's overseas offices play an important role in promoting Ireland and assisting their existing client companies to compete and grow their market share in overseas markets.

The situation regarding contracts expiring in 2010, 2011 and 2012 is being monitored and negotiations are ongoing between my Department and the Department of Finance in relation to staffing levels in the context of agreeing an Employment Control Framework for my Department and its agencies to cover the period up to the end 2012.

Region

Overseas Office

March 2008

March 2009

March 2010

US

Palo Alto

2

3

3

Boston

3

2

3

New York

11

10

10

Toronto

1

1

2

Brazil

0

1

1

UK

London

16

15

14

Glasgow

3

1

1

Europe

Amsterdam

5

3

2

Brussels

4

5

5

Budapest

3

3

1

Dusseldorf

16

16

15

Madrid

3

3

4

Milan

4

5

4

Moscow

4

4

3

Paris

8

8

8

Prague

6

6

4

Stockholm

4

5

4

Warsaw

6

6

6

Asia

Beijing

3

4

4

Dubai

3

5

5

Guangzhou

1

1

1

Hong Kong

2

2

2

India

2

2

2

Korea

2

2

2

Kuala Lumpur

1

2

2

Riyadh

1

2

2

Shanghai

1

2

2

Singapore

1

2

2

Sydney

3

3

3

Tokyo

5

5

5

Departmental Bodies

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

16 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the details and outcome of the past three reviews by his Department’s Governance Support Division of compliance by his Department’s State bodies with the code of practice, in particular to name the State bodies that have not achieved full compliance; the reason for same; the action taken by him; the results of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24386/10]

The latest Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies circulated by Department of Finance in June 2009, applies to the following agencies under the aegis of my Department:

1. Enterprise Ireland (EI)

2. Industrial Development Authority (IDA)

3. Health and Safety Authority (HSA)

4. Forfás

5. National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI )

6. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

7. Shannon Development

8. Irish Auditing & Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA)

9. Competition Authority (CA)

10. Labour Relations Commission (LRC)

11. National Consumer Agency (NCA)

12. Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB)

13. County & City Enterprise Boards (CEBs)

Ultimately it is the boards and chief executives of State agencies that are responsible for ensuring that effective systems of internal control are maintained and operated.

The Mullarkey Report of the Working Group on the Accountability of Secretaries General and Accounting Officers 2002 recommends that Departmental Accounting Officers should satisfy themselves, through the reporting arrangements, that the requirements of the Code of Practice are being implemented.

Action in my Department to address this includes regular meetings between Departmental Officials and agency personnel, and analysis of documentation obtained from agencies. Training in managing state agency performance is provided to Departmental staff dealing with monitoring compliance with the Code of Practice.

Based on a review by Departmental staff, there is a high level of compliance with the Code of Practice. Further assurance is taken from unqualified audit certificates provided by the Comptroller and Auditors General on annual financial statements of these agencies.

Industrial Development

Brian O'Shea

Question:

17 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if he will promote the site of the former cheese factory at Kilmeaden, County Waterford with potential investors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24412/10]

The promotion of land banks to potential investors is the responsibility of IDA Ireland. The Agency was part of a team that assisted the company concerned in producing promotional material on the facility and site in Kilmeaden. The Agency has circulated the marketing and promotional material on the facility and site to its network of overseas offices. The Agency will promote the site for mobile overseas investment as appropriate.

Enterprise Ireland has made its regional and international staff aware of the availability of this land and continues to provide support within the realm of its remit.

The company concerned set up the ‘Kilmeaden Task Force Group' in 2009 and Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Waterford County Council and Waterford Chamber are actively involved. There have been meetings held on an almost monthly basis.

Employment Rights

Finian McGrath

Question:

18 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if he will support the case of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford. [24416/10]

The Employment Equality Act, 1998 and the Equal Status Act, 2000, are within the remit of the Minister for Community, Equality, and Gaeltacht Affairs. They outlaw discrimination in employment on the grounds of, among other matters, gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, race, sexual orientation and religious belief.

Discrimination is described in Section 6 of the Employment Equality Act 1998 as the treatment of a person in a less favourable way than another person is, has been or would be treated on any of the above, and other, grounds.

A complaint of discrimination must be made to the Equality Authority within the 6-month time limit from the last act of discrimination. The 6-month time limit can be extended up to 12 months by the Authority's Director ‘for reasonable cause'. Complaints should be addressed to the Equality Authority, Clonmel Street (off Harcourt Street), Dublin 2, Telephone (01) 417 3333, LoCall 1890 245 545, Website: www.equality.ie E-mail: info@equality.ie

In addition, employment rights legislation has provisions whereby workers who believe that they have been denied their entitlements, or otherwise unfairly treated, can, take the matter before a Commissioner in the Rights Commissioner Service of the Labour Relations Commission, Telephone: (01) 613 6700 or Lo call: 1890 220 227 (outside (01) area).

The National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) also deals with complaints in relation to employment rights legislation by carrying out inspections on employers. When evidence of non-compliance with the relevant employment rights legislation is found, the NERA Inspector seeks redress for the individual/s concerned and, if appropriate, a prosecution is initiated. NERA's Inspection Services can be contacted on Lo-Call 1890 220 100 or Email: inspection@employmentrights.ie A complaint form is available on www.employmentrights.ie

Small and Medium Enterprises

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

19 Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if he will report on his meeting with a bank (details supplied) in the week of 17 May 2010 regarding the availability of working capital to small businesses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24435/10]

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

20 Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if he has met with each of the Irish banks concerning the availability of working capital to small businesses; if he will provide separate reports on the outcome of his meetings with each bank (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24436/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 19 and 20 together.

I met separately with Allied Irish Banks, Anglo Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland during the week beginning 17 May 2010. These were private meetings held with each bank to discuss the availability of bank credit for businesses, especially SMEs.

At the meetings, I raised concerns about the claims of many small businesses that some bankers were stonewalling loan requests and were not providing credit to viable enterprises. I reminded the banks of the purpose of the recapitalisation package and of the huge investment of taxpayers' money into the banks aimed at getting our economy moving again.

The banks assured me that they were fully committed to supporting businesses and would meet the requirements laid down for them in the recapitalisation package of 30 March 2010. Their message was that they were open for business and available to provide credit to viable businesses. The two main banks had submitted plans to the Department of Finance and the Credit Review Office on how they intended to meet their requirements and these plans are being reviewed.

Since my meetings, there has been considerable activity and announcements by the banks relating to supports available for the business sector, particularly for SMEs. I welcome these activities and these announcements.

As I have said in the past, however, the promises and activities of the banks must be matched with specific commitments and increased lending. All viable businesses must get appropriate access to bank credit.

The banks' performance in meeting their obligations under the recapitalisation scheme will be closely monitored by Government. I want to see our banks, which have been rescued at enormous cost to the taxpayer, acting responsibly and in the best interests of small businesses so that we can create jobs in the domestic economy and advance our recovery as a nation.

I will meet with the banks in the future, as necessary, to ensure that they are providing sufficient credit to the business sector.

Departmental Bodies

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

21 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the arrangements that are in place to implement policy in relation to determining and approving the remuneration of each chief executive officer and managing director under the auspices of his Department; the salary of each such chief executive officer and managing director; if such arrangements have been breached in the past three years and the person involved; if he has taken any action; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24597/10]

As regards non-commercial State-sponsored bodies, the Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector advises the Government from time to time on the general levels of remunerations appropriate for senior posts across the public service including CEOS of non-commercial State-sponsored bodies. As it is not feasible for the Review Body to examine the chief executive posts in all of the non-commercial State-sponsored bodies on every occasion, the practice is that it examines a selection of posts for each general review. Specific Review Body recommendations are sanctioned by the Department of Finance once they have been approved by Government. The Department of Finance then determines the appropriate rate of remuneration for the remaining CEO posts in the non-commercial State sponsored bodies by reference to the recommendations of the posts examined.

The information set out in the following tables is the current salary of each CEO of each State Agency under the aegis of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation. Personal Pension Contribution rate (PPC rate) denotes where personal pension contributions are being made. There have been no breaches of the arrangements as sanctioned by the Department of Finance.

Department of Enterprise, Trade & Innovation

Non PPC Rate

Competition Authority —Chairperson

156,240

County Enterprise Boards

67,115

to

87,126

Enterprise Ireland

179,659

FÁS

179,659

Forfás

179,659

Health and Safety Authority

127,796

133,605

139,898

146,191

IAASA

119,373

IDA Ireland

179,659

Labour Relations Commission

156,241

National Consumer Agency (personal)

168,000

NSAI (personal to holder)

138,894

Personal Injuries Assessment Board

159,959

Science Foundation Ireland*

175,999

SFADCO

138,894

PPC Rate

Competition Authority —Chairperson

164,464

County Enterprise Boards

N/A

Enterprise Ireland

189,115

FÁS

189,115

Forfás

189,115

Health and Safety Authority

134,523

140,636

147,262

153,885

IAASA

125,655

IDA Ireland

189,115

Labour Relations Commission

164,464

National Consumer Agency (personal)

176,800

NSAI (personal to holder)

146,205

Personal Injuries Assessment Board

168,379

Science Foundation Ireland*

180,109

SFADCO

146,205

*In addition to a base salary of €180,109 per annum (PPC rate) the current Director General of Science Foundation Ireland receives an allowance of €79,588 in the nature of pay on a personal basis, in recognition of his international research experience and expertise, as approved by the Minister for Finance.

Work Permits

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

22 Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation his plans to change the current employment system which binds a worker to the employer named in the permit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24645/10]

Since 2004, a key element of Irish labour market policy has been to ensure that general labour and skills needs are met from indigenous labour and from within the workforce of the European Union. For strategic skills or labour shortages in designated occupations in key economic sectors, Government policy is to issue employment permits for the employment of non-EEA nationals for specific vacancies and in response to employer demand. The various schemes that give effect to such policies — Green Cards, Work Permits, Spousal and Dependant Work Permits and permits for Intra-company Transferees — were introduced following enactment of the Employment Permits Act, 2006 and came into effect on 1st February 2007.

In early 2009, the Department undertook a review of employment permit arrangements to ensure their ongoing relevance to the needs of the Irish labour market. As an outcome of this review, more stringent eligibility criteria were implemented for prospective new entrants to the work permit schemes from 1st June 2009 onwards.

The Employment Permits Act 2006 provides immigrants with greater freedom, autonomy and control over their own employment choices by enabling workers, for the first time, to apply and re-apply for their own permit. The Act also allows workers to change their employer after a period of a year and move to another employment in order to take advantage of better conditions or career options.

It is important to retain the current arrangements which operate also to protect employees as it allows the system to trace employers who employ permit holders. I believe that the current arrangements for moving jobs are sufficiently flexible. A properly controlled employment permit system requires that permits be issued to a specific employee for a specific job with a specific employer. To do otherwise would not only risk abuse of the employment permit system but would make it much more difficult to ensure that employers observed the employment rights of employees.

Although employment permits are employer and location specific, it is the case that the Department currently makes best efforts to facilitate those who encounter difficult situations and who wish to change employers, with new employment permits. In the past year, for instance, almost 1,500 new employment permits were issued in respect of employees changing to new employers. These permit applications were issued without regard to the normal requirements of advertising the position in daily newspapers and with FÁS.

Exploitation in the labour market is unacceptable and I urge all who find themselves in this position, including employees on employment permits or persons who know of such a situation, to contact the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) who will investigate these matters. While reporting of breaches can sometimes present difficulties for employees who hold permits linked to a particular employer, I would remind the Deputy that NERA will also act on complaints made to them anonymously.

The Employment Permits Act 2006 provides for regular review of Ireland's economic migration policies and my Department keeps these policies under review on an on-going basis.

Job Protection

Mary Wallace

Question:

23 Deputy Mary Wallace asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if he has information regarding the 200 jobs announced in February 2010 by a company (details supplied); if he will clarify the grant aid or Industrial Development Authority that was provided for these jobs; if his attention has been drawn to the news announcement on 21 April 2010 that there would be job cuts of over 300 in July 2010 in the same company; if he will clarify the information that is available to the workers who fear that they will be let go in July 2010 and who have not been given any clear information regarding the job cuts; the action he or the IDA will take to ensure that this grant aided company gives clearer information to these workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24789/10]

On 24th March 2010, IBM announced the establishment of IBM's first Smarter Cities Technology Centre. The Centre will be located in Dublin where IBM will build a highly skilled and cross-disciplinary team to help cities around the world better understand, interconnect and manage their core operational systems such as transport, communication, water and energy.

The new Smarter Cities Technology Centre will create as many as 200 new roles in an IDA-supported investment of up to EUR 66 million over the next three years. The team of subject matter experts will work with city authorities, universities, small and large businesses as well as experts from IBM Research and the company's Software Development Lab in Ireland to research, develop and commercialise new ways of making city systems more connected, sustainable and intelligent.

On 21st April 2010, IBM announced that as part of its ongoing transformation of its Technology Campus in Dublin, they will be moving the manufacturing of some server products from Dublin to Singapore during 2010. The company has been in negotiations with its employees and has set out the position in relation to the number of jobs affected. Despite the ongoing transformation, IBM Ireland employs 3,400 people directly and 1,250 contractors.

IDA Ireland has supported the company in new project investments over the past year and I understand that the company continues to recruit for positions created as a result of these investments. Details of the grant aid provided to the company cannot be disclosed due to commercial sensitivities.

IDA Ireland continues to work with local and corporate IBM Management on a number of new investment opportunities which have the potential to create additional new jobs in areas of research, development and services.

Work Permits

Denis Naughten

Question:

24 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the number of PhD graduates who applied for both a work permit or green card since 2005 to date in 2010; the number who have been granted either a work permit or green card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24826/10]

My Department processes applications in respect of the different types of employment permits (Green Cards Permits, Work Permits, Spousal/Dependant Permits and Intra-company Transfer Permits) available under the Employment Permits Act 2006.

Unfortunately, I must advise the Deputy that at present, my Department is not in a position to provide the specific information requested. The Employment Permits Section is currently in the process of developing a new back-office Employment Permit Management System due to go-live later this year. This will capture specific information of the type requested by the Deputy. Table 1 sets out for the period 2007 to date, the number of permits issued in the various schemes that were introduced under the Employment Permits Act 2006 and which came into effect in 2007 i.e. Green Cards, Work Permits, Spousal and Dependant Work Permits and permits for intra-company transferees.

Type of Permit

New

Renewals

Total

2010

1,508

1,870

3,378

Work Permit

894

703

1,597

Green Card

254

0

254

Intra-Company Transfer (ICT)

130

42

172

Spousal/Dependant

228

1,123

1,351

Training

2

2

4

2009

3,900

3,868

7,768

Work Permit

2,068

2,183

4,251

Green Card

757

0

757

Intra-Company Transfer (ICT)

12

6

18

Spousal/Dependant

771

1,585

2,356

Training

13

4

17

2008

8,420

4,974

13,394

Work Permit

3,541

3,087

6,628

Green Card

2,112

0

2,112

Intra-Company Transfer (ICT)

419

19

438

Spousal/Dependant

2,194

1,867

4,061

Training

155

0

155

2007

9,914

13,192

23,119

Work Permit

4,664

11,918

16,595

Green Card

2,839

0

2,839

Intra-Company Transfer (ICT)

377

3

380

Spousal/Dependant

1,907

1,271

3,178

Training

127

0

127

Flood Relief

Mary Wallace

Question:

25 Deputy Mary Wallace asked the Minister for Finance the funding that has been provided for remedial works in the County Meath section of the River Tolka over the past ten years; the future plans for ongoing maintenance and ongoing flood protection; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24091/10]

The River Tolka Flooding Study was commenced in 2002, following the severe flooding which affected many properties in the November 2000 flood event, and was completed in 2003. The Study examined the situation from Dunboyne in County Meath to the sea in Dublin City, and was well underway when a flood of major proportions occurred in November 2002. The final report made a range of recommendations along its length through Dublin City, Fingal and Meath areas.

In 2003 the Office of Public commenced works which were initially contained in an Interim Report, but were also included in the final report. The works included major channel works in the Dunboyne and Clonee areas, replacement of four bridges, and the construction of walls and embankments. These works were largely completed by the end of 2006.

The total expenditure incurred by OPW in the Meath area amounts to approximately €6.8Million. OPW have agreed, following discussions with the Local Authority, to provide ongoing maintenance of the Scheme.

EU Directives

Seán Barrett

Question:

26 Deputy Seán Barrett asked the Minister for Finance his plans to use the discretion for credit unions provided for in the EU Consumer Credit Directive due to be implemented on 11 June 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24101/10]

The Consumer Credit Directive establishes a harmonised legal framework in the European Union for the provision of consumer credit ranging from €200 up to €75,000. (It does not apply to mortgages). It replaces a 1987 Directive (87/102/EEC), which laid down minimum rules for consumer credit arrangements within the EU.

In consultation with the Office of the Attorney General, my Department is currently preparing the draft Statutory Instrument, which will transpose the Directive into Irish Law. It is intended that the legislation will be finalised by 11th June, 2010. The Directive will take effect from that day.

I believe that the Directive enhances the strong regulatory regime underpinning consumer protection, and as such, I have decided that credit unions should be subject to its full application.

However, following consultation with representatives of the Credit Union movement, I am aware that the credit unions will require some time to upgrade their systems and train staff, so that they can effect compliance with all the requirements of the Directive. Consequently, I have adopted the discretion allowed for under Article 2.5 applying limited provisions of the Directive to them until 11th December 2011, after which date, the full Directive will take effect.

Tax Code

Jimmy Deenihan

Question:

27 Deputy Jimmy Deenihan asked the Minister for Finance his plans to introduce legislation that will both tax offshore betting and underpin greyhound racing and horse racing finances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24131/10]

I can confirm that officials in my Department continue to work with relevant officials in the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General on ‘gambling' issues and this includes appropriate taxation arrangements.

Public Service Numbers

Joan Burton

Question:

28 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Finance the number of civil and public servants at present and at the end of each of the past three years in each Government Department, and in each agency or authority under the aegis of each of these Departments, in tabular form; the breakdown of these figures by function, where appropriate (details supplied); the aggregate pay bills for each of these Departments, agencies and authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24200/10]

The Public Service numbers at the end of each of the past three years, as reported to my Department, are presented in Table 1. The Public Service numbers for the end of the first quarter this year are currently being compiled. In functional terms, the public service is composed of the civil service, the education sector, the justice sector, the health sector, the local authorities and the non-commercial agencies. These numbers are based on information reported to my Department and may be subject to revision as new information becomes available. Insofar as possible, the figures are broken down by functional classification within each Department. It should also be noted that a new system for monitoring public service numbers was developed and implemented in 2009. This system uses the December 2008 figures as its base. The system is still being refined and enhanced and there may be minor discontinuities in the series reflecting methodological changes and updated information regarding numbers in particular sectors.

The Gross Exchequer Pay Outturns (excluding pensions) within each Vote from 2007 to 2009 are set out in Table 2. It has been broken down to subhead level. It should be noted that the Exchequer Pay Outturn cannot be directly related to the Public Service numbers outlined in Table 1 in all cases, as the staff numbers include public servants whose pay is not in all cases funded directly by the Exchequer. The largest category of these is Local Authority employees but there are also staff in some Non-Commercial Semi-State Bodies whose pay is wholly or partially funded from the own resources of these bodies.

More detailed information on the pay bill for agencies/bodies may be sought from the Ministers under whose aegis the agencies come. I should point out that general information in regard to Pay and Numbers is also set out in the Revised Estimated Volume 2010.

Table 1

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF THE TAOISEACH

Civil Service

243

233

210

NCSSB

National Economic and Social Development Office

17

19

24

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Civil Service

129

128

124

NCSSB

Law Reform Commission

27

23

CENTRAL STATISTICS OFFICE

Civil Service

825

847

793

CHIEF STATE SOLICITOR

Civil Service

237

245

230

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS

Civil Service

192

197

195

OIREACHTAS

Civil Service

465

441

415

Industrial CS

53

55

56

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

FINANCE

Civil Service

658

631

567

NCSSB

Special EU Programmes Body

62

62

64

COMMISSION FOR PUBLIC SERVICE APPOINTMENTS

Civil Service

9

12

9

COMPTROLLER & AUDITOR GENERAL

Civil Service

140

154

151

OFFICE OF PUBLIC WORKS

Civil Service

701

722

671

Industrial CS

1,405

1,377

1,236

OMBUDSMAN

Civil Service

85

94

88

PRESIDENTS ESTABLISHMENT

Civil Service

22

21

21

PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS SERVICE

Civil Service

151

146

112

REVENUE COMMISSIONERS

Civil Service

6,661

6,659

6,117

Industrial CS

17

16

13

STATE LABORATORY

Civil Service

89

91

91

VALUATION OFFICE

Civil Service

157

158

152

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, EQUALITY & LAW REFORM

Civil Service

2,435

2,662

2,444

GARDA CIVILIANS

1,551

1,944

1,957

Industrial CS

315

135

119

Justice Sector

Centres for Young Offenders

322

314

NCSSB

31

61

51

Human Rights Commission

20

14

National Disability Authority

31

41

37

PRISONS

3,501

3,641

3,577

PROPERTY REGISTRATION AUTHORITY

704

684

609

COURTS SERVICE

1,113

1,098

1,027

GARDA

14,827

15,385

14,803

GARDA

13,755

14,412

14,547

RECRUITS

1,043

944

232

TRAFFIC WARDENS

29

29

24

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, HERITAGE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Civil Service

1,276

1,204

1,082

Industrial CS

140

130

109

Local Authorities

34,987

35,008

32,044

Clerical/Admin

11,321

10,747

Contract Posts

1,276

1,022

Contracts of Indefinite Duration

0

0

Fulltime Fire Fighters

1,303

1,222

Local Authority Grade

0

0

Managerial

302

274

NDP Project Staff

296

221

Non DEH&LG Posts

0

0

Outdoor

14,294

13,734

Professional/Technical

4,371

4,169

Retained Fire Fighters

0

0

Site Supervisory Contract Posts

282

158

Supernumeraries

253

206

Temporary/Seasonal

1,309

290

NCSSB

806

889

859

Affordable Homes Partnership

11

10

An Bord Pleanála

180

167

169

Dublin Docklands Authority

54

47

34

Environmental Protection Agency

290

358

344

Heritage Council

17

16

15

Housing Finance Agency

12

12

11

Irish Water Safety Association

6

6

6

Limerick Northside Regeneration Agency

7

2

Limerick Southside Regeneration Agency

9

4

Local Government Computer Services Board

96

94

86

Local Government Management Services Board

30

28

National Building Agency

65

61

49

Private Residential Tenancies Board

26

23

55

Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland

46

48

47

An Comhairle Leabharlana

14

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION & SCIENCE

Civil Service

1,601

1,661

1,571

Industrial CS

1

1

1

Education Sector

90,456

94,663

92,984

Caretakers

196

181

Clerical Assistants

195

194

Clerical Officers

141

138

Community & Comprehensive Non Teachers

503

503

Community & Comprehensive Teachers

4,319

4,255

Model Schools

8

8

Other Education Projects

18

18

Primary Teachers

31,856

31,731

Ruthland St

7

5

Secondary Teachers

13,621

13,258

Special Needs Assistants

10,442

10,403

Third Level Grades

20,912

19,936

Vocational Non Teachers

2,131

2,131

Vocational Teachers

10,314

10,223

NCSSB

340

488

495

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

77

65

79

Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC)

93

53

42

(HETAC & NQAI included)

53

42

Grangegorman Development Agency

3

6

3

Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC)

30

31

Higher Education Authority

69

59

50

Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology

6

5

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Science

7

5

National Education Welfare Board

89

103

102

National Qualifications Authority of Ireland

24

25

Royal Irish Academy

67

85

Royal Irish Academy of Music

70

69

Advisory Council for English Studies

5

NACD

4

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY, RURAL & GAELTACHT AFFAIRS

Civil Service

274

273

256

NCSSB

546

537

541

Boord o Ulster-Scotch (An Foras Teanga)

15

16

19

Foras na Gaeilge (An Foras Teanga)

42

50

49

Údarás na Gaeltachta

113

113

103

Waterways Ireland

347

343

355

Western Development Commission

18

17

15

An Coimisnoir Teanga

6

NDST

5

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Civil Service

1,259

1,544

1,524

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES

Civil Service

320

288

273

NCSSB

480

780

770

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

38

38

34

Central Fisheries Board

394

85

78

Commission for Communication Regulation

120

119

Commission for Energy Regulation

68

65

Digital Hub Development Authority

21

15

15

Eastern Regional Fisheries Board

53

45

Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission

53

57

National Oil Reserves Agency

5

5

Northern Regional Fisheries Board

43

51

North-Western Regional Fisheries Board

50

47

Shannon Regional Fisheries Board

53

57

Southern Regional Fisheries Board

40

39

South-Western Regional Fisheries Board

39

40

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

27

59

63

Western Regional Fisheries Board

61

57

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES & FOOD

Civil Service

4,294

4,204

3,841

Industrial CS

87

83

75

NCSSB

1,996

2,115

1,864

Bord Bia

91

96

103

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

156

143

128

Marine Institute

230

196

190

National Milk Agency

6

6

7

Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

101

100

Teagasc

1,513

1,574

1,336

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT

Civil Service

468

579

534

NCSSB

521

560

558

Commission for Aviation Regulation

19

16

Commission for Taxi Regulation

36

37

35

Medical Bureau of Road Safety

20

34

33

National Roads Authority

149

144

137

National Transport Authority

0

24

Dublin Transport Office

33

Railway Safety Commission

20

8

13

Road Safety Authority

263

319

301

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & CHILDREN

Civil Service

604

514

485

Industrial CS

2

2

1

NCSSB

1,002

1,090

1,138

An Bord Altranais — The Nursing Board 1985

48

49

44

Children’s Act Advisory Board

14

14

14

Crisis Pregnancy Agency

16

15

14

Dental Council 2001

3

5

4

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

89

90

84

Food Safety Promotion Board

36

26

31

Health & Social Care Professionals Council 2007

1

4

Health Information and Quality Authority

61

74

138

Health Insurance Authority

9

9

9

Health Research Board

76

84

77

Irish Medicines Board

219

245

253

Mental Health Commission

41

32

38

National Cancer Registry Board

41

47

46

National Cancer Screening Service

195

259

271

National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery

12

12

12

National Council on Ageing and Older People (Retired 2009)

12

8

0

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

1

3

National Social Work Qualifications Board

7

7

7

National Treatment Purchase Fund

47

46

46

Office of Tobacco Control

13

9

5

Opticians Board 1956

2

2

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland 1875

19

19

21

Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board (Retired 2009)

19

16

0

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council

16

16

16

Women’s Health Council (Retired 2009)

9

5

0

HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE

111,506

111,025

109,753

General Support Staff

12,900

12,631

11,906

Health and Social Care Professionals

15,705

15,980

15,973

Management/Administration

18,044

17,967

17,611

Medical/Dental

8,005

8,109

8,083

Nursing

39,006

38,108

37,466

Other Patient and Client Care

17,846

18,230

18,714

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF ENTERPRISE, TRADE & EMPLOYMENT

Civil Service

ENTERPRISE, TRADE & EMPLOYMENT

1,046

1,055

967

LABOUR RELATIONS COMMISSION

49

44

NCSSB

4,339

4,447

4,084

City and County Enterprise Boards

148

122

121

Competition Authority

51

48

23

Enterprise Ireland

844

903

841

Foras Áiseanna Saothair

2,265

2,242

2,030

Forfás

132

130

121

Health and Safety Authority

192

200

193

IDA Ireland

275

282

268

InterTrade Ireland

41

43

42

Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority

9

11

11

National Consumer Agency

58

54

4

National Standards Authority of Ireland

158

157

185

Personal Injuries Assessment Board

75

74

Science Foundation Ireland

36

48

53

SFADCo Ltd (Industrial)

130

132

118

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF ARTS, SPORTS & TOURISM

Civil Service

171

174

152

NATIONAL GALLERY

Civil Service

55

59

56

Industrial CS

69

79

63

NCSSB

1,170

1,167

1,123

Arts Council

78

62

59

Bord Scannan na hÉireann (Irish Film Board)

17

16

16

Chester Beatty Library

36

36

35

Fáilte Ireland

389

389

357

Irish Museum of Modern Art

66

68

93

Irish Sports Council

31

29

28

National Concert Hall

81

68

66

National Library of Ireland

107

122

103

National Museum of Ireland

174

181

176

National Sports Campus Development Authority

6

4

4

SFADCo (Tourism)

29

31

29

Tourism Ireland

156

162

159

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE

Civil Service

399

402

373

Defence Sector

11,263

11,265

10,736

Air Corps

832

802

Army

9,363

8,896

Naval Service

1,070

1,038

NCSSB

Coiste an Asgard

8

0

2

2007

2008

2009

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & FAMILY AFFAIRS

Civil Service

4,487

4,610

4,911

Industrial CS

15

15

15

NCSSB

201

191

165

Citizens Information Board

88

86

86

Combat Poverty Agency (Retired 2009)

27

24

0

Family Support Agency

41

39

38

Pensions Board

45

42

41

*Note that the figures above are based on a whole-time equivalent basis, rounded to the nearest whole number.

**Numbers for year end 2007 were collected using a different system to that used for the 2008 & 2009 numbers. Accordingly, there may be minor discontinuities in the series reflecting methodological changes and updated information regarding numbers in particular sectors and may be subject to revision.

Table 2

2007 Outturn

2008 Outturn

2009 Prov Outurn

V1 — President’s Establishment (Gross)

1,426

1,607

1,628

V1 — Administration

1,426

1,607

1,628

V2 — Department Of The Taoiseach (Gross)

17,289

18,355

16,989

V2 — Administration

13,952

15,062

13,991

V2 — Programme Expenditure

3,337

3,293

2,998

B — National Economic And Social Council (G-I-A)

2,226

2,263

2,378

D — Tribunal Of Inquiry (Payments To Haughey And Lowry)

447

355

316

— National Forum On Europe

483

625

252

— Newfoundland And Labrador Business Partnerships

93

50

52

— All Party Committee On The Constitution

88

V3 — Office Of The Attorney General (Gross)

10,868

12,517

11,967

V3 — Administration

9,290

10,724

10,241

V3 — Programme Expenditure

1,578

1,793

1,726

C — Law Reform Commission (G-I-A)

1,578

1,793

1,726

V4 — Central Statistics Office (Gross)

36,303

37,357

38,546

V4 — Administration

36,303

37,357

38,546

V5 — Office Of The Comptroller And Auditor General (Gross)

9,896

10,713

10,474

V5 — Administration

9,896

10,713

10,474

V6 — Department Of Finance (Gross)

41,256

42,932

42,222

V6 — Administration

39,241

41,141

40,464

V6 — Programme Expenditure

2,015

1,791

1,758

D — Gaeleagras Na Seirbhíse Poiblí

288

284

358

H.1 — Structural Funds Technical Assistance And Other Costs

924

920

848

L.2 — Special Eu Programmes Body

803

587

552

V8 — Office Of The Appeal Commissioners (Gross)

392

419

429

V8 — Administration

392

419

429

V9 — Office Of The Revenue Commissioners (Gross)

320,572

331,909

329,786

V9 — Administration

320,572

331,909

329,786

V10 — Office Of Public Works (Gross)

104,546

111,159

106,712

V10 — Administration

38,526

42,180

42,142

V10 — Programme Expenditure

66,020

68,979

64,570

B — President’s Household Staff: Wages And Allowances

861

1,001

877

F.1 — Maintenance And Supplies

19,253

21,108

19,078

G — Purchase And Maintenance Of Plant And Machinery

1,507

1,628

1,292

H.1 — Hydrometric And Hydrological Investigation And Monitoring

481

610

533

H.3 — Drainage — Maintenance

12,148

12,570

12,806

I — Heritage Services

31,770

32,062

29,984

V11 — State Laboratory (Gross)

5,279

5,462

5,524

V11 — Administration

5,279

5,462

5,524

V13 — Office Of The Chief State Solicitor (Gross)

13,936

15,448

15,791

V13 — Administration

13,936

15,448

15,791

V14 — Office Of The Director Of Public Prosecutions (Gross)

11,561

13,165

13,686

V14 — Administration

11,561

13,165

13,686

V15 — Valuation Office (Gross)

8,563

9,178

8,919

V15 — Administration

8,563

9,178

8,919

V16 — Public Appointments Service (Gross)

6,699

6,958

6,611

V16 — Administration

6,699

6,958

6,611

V17 — Commission For Public Service Appointments (Gross)

445

591

650

V17 — Administration

445

591

650

V18 — Office Of The Ombudsman (Gross)

4,928

5,767

6,068

V18 — Administration

3,007

3,882

4,184

V18 — Standards In Public Office Commission

736

691

684

V18 — Office Of The Information Commissioner

1,185

1,194

1,200

V19 — Justice, Equality And Law Reform (Gross)

146,921

170,308

168,255

V19 — Administration

29,214

31,289

31,398

V19 — Programme Expenditure

117,707

139,019

136,857

V19 — Commissions

2,619

3,119

2,591

B.1 — Commissions Etc

1,604

2,066

1,534

B.2 — Human Rights Commission (G-I-A)

1,015

1,053

1,057

V19 — Legal Aid

13,085

13,580

13,569

C.2 — Legal Aid Board (G-I-A)

13,085

13,580

13,569

V19 — Immigration And Asylum

34,458

39,385

37,912

D.1 — Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service

29,963

34,553

33,474

D.2 — A S Legal Aid

4,495

4,832

4,438

V19 — Equality

4,520

6,528

6,817

E.1 — Equality Authority (G-I-A)

2,542

2,945

2,150

E.2 — Equality Tribunal

1,880

2,258

2,255

E.5 — Cosc — Domestic, Sexual And Gender Based Violence

720

700

98

3

E.8 — Office Of The Minister For Integration

602

1,712

V19 — Disability

2,920

2,652

2,396

F.2 — National Disability Authority

2,920

2,652

2,396

V19 — Other Services

19,139

24,639

25,527

V19 — Probation Services

23,559

27,318

27,206

V19 — Irish Youth Justice Service

17,407

21,798

20,839

V20 — Garda Síochána (Gross)

1,002,739

1,078,566

1,079,596

V20 — Administration

1,002,739

1,078,566

1,079,596

V21 — Prisons (Gross)

248,075

271,932

259,896

V21 — Administration

248,075

271,932

259,896

V22 — Courts Service (Gross)

54,137

58,343

58,181

V22 — Administration

54,137

58,343

58,181

V23 — Property Registration Authority (Gross)

30,363

32,883

30,020

V23 — Administration

30,363

32,883

30,020

V24 — Charitable Donations And Bequests (Gross)

327

326

332

V24 — Administration

327

326

332

V25 — Environment, Heritage And Local Government (Gross)

110,027

119,890

116,333

V25 — Administration

74,573

75,690

73,392

V25 — Programme Expenditure

35,454

44,200

42,941

V25 — Housing

5,957

8,294

8,524

B.1 — Social Housing Provision And Support

3,437

6,492

6,533

B.3 — Private Housing Adaptation — Grants & Other Supports

2,520

1,802

1,991

V25 — Environment

12,543

16,887

16,605

D.1 — Environmental Protection Agency

10,784

13,458

14,803

D.2 — Environmental Radiation Policy

1,759

3,429

1,802

V25 — Heritage

6,669

6,739

6,064

G.1 — Grant An Chomhairle Oidhreachta (Her. Council) — Part Funded Nat Lot

1,136

865

937

G.3 — National Heritage (National Parks And Wildlife)

5,533

5,874

5,127

V25 — Planning

9,958

11,934

11,393

H.1 — An Bord Pleanala

9,644

11,619

11,211

H.2 — Planning Tribunal

314

315

182

V25 — Other Services

327

345

355

V26 — Education And Science (Gross)

5,231,473

5,661,836

5,722,678

V26 — Administration

61,277

80,662

81,943

V26 — Programme Expenditure

5,170,196

5,581,174

5,640,735

V26 — Other Services

41,438

29,488

25,522

V26 — First Level

2,102,469

2,296,364

2,408,755

V26 — Second Level

1,996,168

2,158,464

2,163,205

V26 — Third Level

1,030,121

1,096,858

1,043,253

V27 — An Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Tuaithe Agus Gaeltachta (Gross)

44,739

42,644

40,535

V27 — Administration

13,868

14,840

14,463

V27 — Programme Expenditure

30,871

27,804

26,072

V27 — Tackling Problem Drug Use

520

495

435

C — Drugs Initiative

520

495

435

V27 — Rural Development

992

1,055

1,078

D.1 — Western Development Commission

992

1,055

1,078

V27 — An Ghaeilge Agus An Ghealtacht

11,800

8,480

8,200

E.5 — Údarás Na Gaeltachta — Administration

11,800

8,480

8,200

V27 — Promotion Of The Irish Language

360

525

603

F.2 — An Coimisinéir Teanga

360

525

603

V27 — North South Co-Operation

17,199

17,249

15,756

G.1 — An Foras Teanga

2,365

2,235

2,465

G.2 — Waterways Ireland

14,834

15,014

13,291

V28 — Foreign Affairs (Gross)

83,961

83,833

83,935

V28 — Administration

83,961

83,833

83,935

V29 — International Co-Operation (Gross)

15,455

17,416

16,419

V29 — Administration

15,455

17,416

16,419

V30 — Communications, Energy & Nr (Gross)

70,453

55,573

45,094

V30 — Administration

23,546

18,335

17,992

V30 — Programme Expenditure

46,907

37,238

27,102

V30 — Communications

1,024

1,244

614

B.2 — Multimedia Developments

1,024

1,244

614

V30 — Broadcasting

6,066

7,294

2,698

— Broadcasting Commission Of Ireland (G-I-A)

1,168

2,286

2,698

4,898

5,008

V30 — Energy

4,108

4,500

4,986

D.1 — Sustainable Energy Ireland — Admin And General Exps (Gia)

4,108

4,500

4,986

V30 — Inland Fisheries

123

2,981

18,804

E.3 — Gsi Services

123

51

E.6 — Ordnance Survey Ireland (G-I-A)

19,350

2,930

V30 — Inland Fisheries

19,350

21,219

V31 — Agriculture, Fisheries And Food (Gross)

297,849

327,815

322,310

V31 — Administration

224,018

233,690

226,554

V31 — Programme Expenditure

73,831

94,125

95,756

K — Teagasc — Grant In Aid For General Expenses (G-I-A)

59,055

60,499

61,240

L — An Bord Bia — Grant In Aid For General Expenses (G-I-A)

9,165

9,816

9,771

M — Marine Institute (G-I-A)

2,005

8,742

8,328

N — Bord Iascaigh Mhara (G-I-A)

1,258

7,282

8,966

O — Sea Fisheries Protection Authority

2,337

7,688

7,406

P — Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board

11

98

Q — Other Services

11

98

45

V32 — Transport (Gross)

59,603

68,627

66,317

V32 — Administration

27,221

33,916

33,732

V32 — Programme Expenditure

32,382

34,711

32,585

V32 — Roads

31,565

33,195

31,517

V32 — Public Transport

643

1,415

992

V32 — Maritime Transport And Safety

174

101

76

V33 — National Gallery (Gross)

V33 — Administration

5,813

6,262

6,125

V34 — Enterprise, Trade And Employment (Gross)

302,784

319,659

316,745

V34 — Administration

41,274

46,793

48,181

V34 — Programme Expenditure

261,510

272,866

268,564

V34 — Enterprise, Science And Technology

125,432

129,734

129,076

B.1 — Forfas — Grant For Administration And General Expenses

8,684

9,324

8,463

B.3 — Intertrade Ireland

1,477

1,395

1,279

C.1 — IDA Ireland — Grant For Administration And General Expenses

25,142

26,754

27,110

D.1 — Enterprise Ireland — Grant For Admin & Gen Exps

65,025

65,630

64,578

F.1 — Science And Technology Development Programme

9,648

10,476

10,725

G — County Enterprise Development

8,591

8,032

9,016

I — Nsai — G-I-A For Admin & Gen Exps

6,865

8,123

7,905

V34 — Labour Force Development

105,266

110,070

108,480

K.1 — Fás Administration And General Expenses

104,978

109,740

107,854

M.1 — Operational Programme For Hr Development

288

330

626

V34 — Employment Rights And Industrial Relations

3,621

4,306

4,353

N — Labour Relations Commission — Grant For Admin & Gen Exps

3,621

4,306

4,353

V34 — Commerce And Competition

14,412

15,240

13,898

Q — Competition Authority

3,916

4,143

3,697

R.1 — Consumer Affairs — Grant For Admin & Gen Exps

3,644

3,815

3,407

S.1 — Cro & Rfs — Grant For Admin & Gen Exps

5,895

6,062

5,439

S.2 — Irish Auditing & Accounting Supervisory Authority (G-I-A)

957

1,220

1,355

V34 — Health And Safety

12,779

13,516

12,757

T — Health & Safety Authotity — Grant For Admin

12,779

13,516

12,757

V34 — National Training Fund (Gross)

16,552

18,340

17,343

V35 — Arts, Sport And Tourism (Gross)

78,083

81,507

67,973

V35 — Administration

9,989

10,680

10,072

V35 — Programme Expenditure

68,093

70,826

57,901

V35 — Tourism Services

42,395

43,257

32,078

B.1 — Fáilte Ireland (G-I-A)

31,639

31,619

21,860

B.2 — Tourism Ireland Ltd — Grant For Admin & Gen Exps

10,000

10,868

10,218

756

770

V35 — Sports And Recreation Services

1,811

2,343

2,295

C.3 — Irish Sports Council Admin (Nat Lott) (G-I-A)

1,450

1,770

1,737

C.4 — National Sports Campus

361

573

558

V35 — Art And Culture

23,887

25,226

23,528

D.2 — General Expenses Of Nat Archives & Advisory Council

82

123

67

D.3 — Gen Exps Irish M.O.M.A., Chester Beatty, Nch, Crawford Gallery (G-I-A)

7,462

7,552

7,002

D.7 — An Chomhairle Ealaíon (Nat Lott) (G-I-A)

2,770

3,150

2,980

D.8 — National Museum Of Ireland — Gen Exps (G-I-A)

7,613

8,126

7,709

D.9 — National Library Of Ireland — Gen Exps (G-I-A)

4,952

5,245

4,736

D.10 — Irish Film Board (G-I-A)

1,009

1,030

1,034

V36 — Defence (Gross)

560,204

590,636

588,057

V36 — Administration

17,819

19,258

18,744

V36 — Programme Expenditure

542,385

571,378

569,313

B — Permanent Defence Force: Pay

454,685

479,135

475,261

C — Permanent Defence Force: Allowances

43,206

45,623

51,075

D — Reserve Defence Force: Pay, Etc.

7,512

7,996

5,797

E — Chaplains & Officiating Clergymen: Pay & Allowances

1,375

1,322

1,342

F — Civilians Attached To Units: Pay, Etc.

33,766

35,344

33,820

U — Miscellaneous Expenditure

192

269

309

W — Civil Defence Board (G-I-A)

1,198

1,221

1,429

Y — Coiste An Asgard (Nat Lottery) (G-I-A)

451

468

280

V37 — Army Pensions (Gross)

103

105

105

V38 — Social And Family Affairs (Gross)

204,079

215,580

231,431

V38 — Administration

193,599

205,226

222,221

V38 — Programme Expenditure

10,480

10,354

9,210

V38 — Social Assistance

2,517

2,232

9,210

S — Family Support Agency

1,320

1,498

2,404

T — Grant To The Citizens Information Board

5,855

5,867

5,857

V — Miscellaneous Services

788

757

949

V39 — Health And Children (Gross)

35,382

32,010

87,507

V39 — Administration

35,382

32,010

33,303

V39 — Programme Expenditure

54,204

B.1 — Grants To Research Bodies:

8,035

E.1 — Developmental, Consultative, Supervisory & Advisory Bodies

43,527

1. Irish Medicines Board

3,385

2. Food Safety Authority Of Ireland

5,624

3. National Social Work Qualification Board

376

5. National Council For Professional Development Of Nursing And Midwifery

898

6. Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council

857

7. Mental Health Commission

4,015

8. National Cancer Screening Service

19,115

9. Office Of Tobacco Control

351

10. Children Acts Advisory Board

859

11. Health Information & Quality Authority

7,951

12. Health & Social Care Professionals Council

96

E.2 — The Food Safety Promotion Board

158

E.3 — The National Treatment Purchase Fund

2,484

V40 — Health Service Executive (Gross)

7,427,171

7,312,265

7,434,334

V40 — Administration

23,564

25,596

22,878

V40 — Programme Expenditure

7,403,607

7,286,669

7,411,456

Gross Pay Total

16,620,251

17,189,892

17,375,523

National Lottery Funding

Kieran O'Donnell

Question:

29 Deputy Kieran O’Donnell asked the Minister for Finance the level of National Lottery funding that will be allocated by his Department in 2010; the areas of expenditure this funding will be allocated towards; the amount that was allocated in 2008 and 2009 in this regard, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24250/10]

Section 5 of the National Lottery Act 1986 provides that the surplus from the National Lottery may be used for the following purposes: sport and other recreation; national culture, including the Irish Language; the arts, within the meaning of the Arts Act 1951; the health of the community; and for such other purposes as the Government may determine. The following additional categories have been so determined: youth, welfare, national heritage and amenities.

In order to give effect to this statutory provision, the surplus from the National Lottery is transferred to the Exchequer on a regular basis and is applied each year to part-fund the Exchequer allocations to a specified range of expenditure subheads across various Votes. Each year, the amount transferred to the Exchequer from the National Lottery surplus, together with details of the total Exchequer allocations to the relevant subheads are set out in Appendix 1 of the annual "Revised Estimates for Public Services".

The following is a summary of the information contained at Appendix 1 of the "Revised Estimates for Public Services" for the last few years:

2008

2009

2010

Total Exchequer Allocation To The Subheads Part-Funded By The National Lottery

€472m

€435.4m

€409m (Estimated)

Of Which: Transferred To The Exchequer From The Surplus Of The National Lottery

€265m

€275.0m

€260m (Estimated)

Credit Union Sector

Joe McHugh

Question:

30 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Finance his views on whether proposals to amend section 35 of the Finance Act will not benefit credit unions and their members; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24266/10]

Joe McHugh

Question:

31 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Finance if he acknowledges that his intention, as expressed at League Annual General meeting 2009, to facilitate credit unions whose ability to lend to members is unduly restricted by section 35, will not be achieved by the proposed amendments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24267/10]

Joe McHugh

Question:

33 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Finance his views on whether section 35 of the Credit Union Act, which proposes to give extensive powers to the Regulator to impose lending related requirements on all credit unions, is a one size fits all draconian approach to regulation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24273/10]

Joe McHugh

Question:

34 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Finance if he will defer implementation of the proposed amendments to section 35 of the Credit Union Act, including Sections 35A & B, published in the Central Bank Reform Bill 2010 pending the outcome of the upcoming Strategic Review of Credit Unions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24275/10]

Joe McHugh

Question:

35 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Finance the reason the relevant representative organisations were not consulted on section 35A of the Credit Union Bill prior to the publication of the Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24276/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 30, 31 and 33 to 35, inclusive, together.

I met with the credit union representative bodies two weeks ago and again yesterday and I am listening to their concerns. My Department, in conjunction with the Registrar of Credit Unions, is examining the scope for linking more closely the powers conferred by the new Section 35A to the framework required for implementing the new rescheduling arrangements.

When the Central Bank Reform Bill 2010 was published on 30 March this year, ILCU welcomed the new initiative in its press release that day stating "This new arrangement is good for our members and good for credit unions". ILCU has since formed a different view. That is, of course, its right. The credit union sector is not immune to the economic downturn. It needs to be safeguarded to ensure that it can continue to provide assistance to its members in the current difficult economic climate while at the same time lending only within its capacity to do so. The Government's intention is to facilitate relaxation of the lending limits in conjunction with appropriate regulation of the sector to achieve this objective.

In my address to the ILCU Conference in April 2009, I expressed my wish to help members who are experiencing difficulty in meeting loan repayments due to unfavourable changes in their financial circumstances in the current economic environment. I stated that any solution would be subject to the over-arching consideration that the financial position of a credit union is not undermined, the security of members' savings is maintained and accurate reporting of the financial status of a credit union is not jeopardised. Re-scheduling of repayments to a level which is affordable to members should be possible in carefully monitored and controlled circumstances. Of course, each credit union must fully and properly recognise arrears situations where they exist. Where members are in difficulty, the process of facilitating them must be transparent to board members and regulators so that a credit union is never in doubt as to its own position. This continues to be my view and the proposed amendment to Section 35 seeks to achieve the desired result.

The credit union sector has been seeking relaxation of the Section 35 lending limits in an effort to facilitate borrowers who have run into difficulties in repaying their loans and need to have them rescheduled to allow for repayment over a longer period of time. The lending limits are set in primary legislation. Together with the measures to balance the increased flexibility in relation to rescheduling, they must apply to all credit unions in a uniform way. However, as I have indicated above, my Department and the Registrar are exploring ways of meeting the key concerns of the representative bodies.

Also, as I indicated to the House during the second stage debate on the Bill, the Registrar of Credit Unions will take a balanced and proportionate approach to the implementation of any new Section 35 requirements and he has set out for the credit union representative groups transitional arrangements and clarifications on the implementation approach. The Registrar has already indicated that these include transitional arrangements for a 15% provisioning requirement up to 30 September 2011, trial periods, exceptions with regard to top-up loans and relaxation of the 100% provisioning requirement in respect of rescheduled loans which have missed two or more payments. The transitional arrangements will help to ease the position for credit unions in the current financial year and the next financial year ending in September 2011. They will also allow time for credit unions to adjust to the new regime. Overall, the Registrar will take account of individual circumstances in credit unions in exercising the powers being given to him in the Bill. I want to assure the Deputy that there is no question of a one size fits all draconian approach as has been suggested.

It is not correct to say that the Registrar has the necessary powers under existing legislation. He does not have the power to impose conditions across the sector and it would not be prudent to await the outcome of the strategic review. While the review itself is planned to be completed by March 2011, any primary legislation arising would require some considerable further time to implement. As I have indicated already, the credit union sector needs to be safeguarded further now to ensure that it can continue to provide assistance to its members in the current difficult economic climate while at the same time lending only within its capacity to do so.

As indicated by the Registrar during his appearance on 27 May 2010 before the Joint Committee on Economic Regulatory Affairs, a Regulatory Impact Assessment within the meaning of the term as set out in the Better Regulation Guidelines prepared by the Department of the Taoiseach was not carried out. However, as he also indicated, an internal analysis was carried out. This examined the level of provisions which are held against rescheduled loans. The Registrar indicated that he will make this analysis available to the Joint Committee. I will ask the Registrar to furnish the Deputy with a copy of any material which he provides to the Joint Committee in this regard.

Contrary to suggestions now being made, there was extensive and detailed consultation on the measures now being brought forward. Following general discussions in early 2009, the detailed views of credit union representative groups on the Section 35 issue were sought and obtained in the summer of 2009. The provisions to be included in the requirements to be made by the Registrar have already undergone considerable adjustment following discussions between the Registrar of Credit Unions and both credit union representative bodies.

Concerns have been raised in relation to the need for the Registrar of Credit Unions to consult with the representative bodies before introducing requirements. As a matter of general practice, the Registrar consults with the credit union representative bodies before introducing regulations or requirements in relation to any aspect of credit union regulation and I understand that he intends to continue with this approach. However, the independent position of the Registrar of Credit Unions in carrying out the duty of financial regulation is not open to question and the Registrar has the statutory powers and responsibility to introduce, if necessary without consultation, regulatory requirements in the interests of the well-being and stability of the sector. For this good reason, a requirement for the Registrar to consult with the sector is not included in the legislation. Neither is it appropriate to provide for an appeals mechanism. Such a device would render the provisions ineffective and inoperable as decisions of the Registrar would become subject to constant review.

There is a balance to be struck between meeting members' needs to reschedule loans and ensuring the stability of the credit union sector overall. We are not seeking to have a credit union sector which is over-regulated. However, we must act now in a prudent and preventative manner. It is in the interests of every credit union in the country that the stability of the sector is safeguarded. The proposals being brought forward in connection with the Bill will achieve this fundamental aim.

Tax Collection

Ned O'Keeffe

Question:

32 Deputy Edward O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Finance when a tax refund will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [24272/10]

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that no tax refund is due as this person did not pay any tax in 2009.

Questions Nos. 33 to 35, inclusive, answered with Question No. 30.

Joe McHugh

Question:

36 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Finance if he provides information on the Revenue guide for Form 11; if he will furnish this Deputy with this information; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24309/10]

The Revenue Commissioners have sole responsibility for the guide to completing the Form 11. I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the guide is updated annually to take account of changes introduced in the Finance Act. The guide is available on the Revenue website, in Revenue offices and from Revenue's Forms and Leaflets Service on Lo-Call 1890-306706. The 2010 edition of the guide, which covers the 2009 Form 11, will be available on the Revenue website within the next two weeks and in booklet form from next month. The guide will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it becomes available.

Departmental Properties

John O'Mahony

Question:

37 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Finance if he will clarify a matter (details supplied) in relation to the offices of a Department. [24310/10]

The Commissioners of Public Works have leased two premises in Tubbercurry and the information sought on each lease is as follows:

The lease on one building was signed on 14 July 2008 and the lease term is 14 July 2008 until 13 July 2012.

The lease on the second building was signed on 8 June 2006 and the lease term is 1 June 2006 until 13 July 2012. The initial expiry date of 31 May 2008 was extended to coincide with the term of the other leased building. The extension of the lease was agreed 30 April 2009.

Tax Yield

Michael Ring

Question:

38 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Finance the tax take on motor fuels from 1 January 2009 to the end of April 2010 on a monthly basis in tabular format; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24359/10]

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the data available on the amounts of Excise, VAT and the Carbon Charge for the period 1 January 2009 to the end of April 2010, in respect of petrol and auto-diesel is set out in the following tables. It should be noted that the carbon charge in respect of petrol and auto-diesel is payable in the month after it is released for consumption so each of the monthly figures below relate to sales in the previous month.

Petrol

Mineral Oil Tax

VAT Estimate

Total

Auto-Diesel

Mineral Oil Tax

VAT Estimate

Total

2009

€m

€m

€m

2009

€m

€m

€m

Jan

129.4

43.9

173.3

Jan

104.9

5.0

109.9

Feb

81.7

29.1

110.8

Feb

75.3

3.6

78.8

Mar

91.6

33.0

124.5

Mar

86.8

4.0

90.8

Apr

90.8

33.8

124.7

Apr

91.7

4.0

95.7

May

94.9

36.6

131.6

May

92.8

4.1

96.9

Jun

89.7

36.3

126.0

Jun

90.7

4.1

94.8

Jul

94.6

38.1

132.6

Jul

95.2

4.5

99.7

Aug

87.3

35.8

123.1

Aug

86.0

4.0

89.9

Sep

93.0

38.1

131.2

Sep

96.7

4.5

101.3

Oct

90.0

36.2

126.2

Oct

92.6

4.3

96.9

Nov

83.1

34.4

117.5

Nov

87.4

4.2

91.6

Dec

48.8

20.2

69.0

Dec

60.2

2.9

63.1

Total

1,075.1

415.5

1,490.5

Total

1,060.3

49.2

1,109.5

Petrol

Mineral Oil Tax

Carbon

VAT Estimate

Total

Auto-Diesel

Mineral Oil Tax

Carbon

VAT Estimate

Total

2010

€m

€m

€m

€m

2010

€m

€m

€m

€m

Jan

107.2

1.0

45.8

154.0

Jan

103.4

1.5

5.1

110.0

Feb

77.9

7.3

33.2

118.4

Feb

83.8

10.1

4.1

98.0

Mar

89.8

5.3

38.9

134.0

Mar

93.8

8.1

4.7

106.7

Apr

85.7

6.0

39.1

130.7

Apr

91.1

9.2

4.7

105.0

Total

360.6

19.5

157.0

537.1

Total

372.2

28.9

18.6

419.7

VAT returns do not require the yield from a particular sector or sub-sector of trade to be identified. The figures provided in this reply for monthly VAT receipts are estimates of the amount of VAT yield that would be generated by the volume of clearances of petrol and auto-diesel up to the end of each month. VAT returns can be made monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, half yearly or annually depending on the nature of the registration status of a trader, and this will dictate the point in time when VAT on sales will actually be paid.

It should also be noted that the VAT content of purchases of auto-diesel is a deductible credit for business in the Irish VAT system.

Departmental Expenditure

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

39 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Finance the amount that will be contributed by civil and public servants to public funds both through deduction in pay by way of pension contribution under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No. 2) Act 2009 for the year 2010 and also by way of PRSI and, where relevant, other pension contribution schemes; the amount expected to be paid out by way of pension to retired civil and public servants in relation to the same category of former employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24361/10]

The estimated amounts for receipts and expenditure in respect of civil and public servants in 2010 for the categories requested by the Deputy are set out in the following table, with the exception of PRSI receipts which are a matter for the Minister for Social Protection.

The Deputy referred to the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No. 2) Act 2009 in the context of "deductions in pay by way of pension contributions". I assume the Deputy is referring to the Pension Related Deduction (PRD) which was provided for in the first Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009. I have therefore given the 2010 estimate for PRD receipts in the table below.

Civil Servants 2010 estimate

Public Servants 2010 estimate

Total 2010 estimate

(€ million)

(€ million)

(€ million)

Pension-related deduction from Civil and Public Servants

103

872

975

Pension contributions by Civil and Public Servants

46

709

755

Pension payments to Civil and Public Servants

477

2,903

3,380

Departmental Agencies

Leo Varadkar

Question:

40 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Finance his reasoning in sanctioning in June 2009 of four and refusing 49 of 53 requested posts by Enterprise Ireland for overseas contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24371/10]

The moratorium is the mechanism in place to control numbers in the public sector to help achieve cost savings. In assessing these requests for exemptions from the application of the moratorium for certain Enterprise Ireland (EI) posts I have regard to the case made in the context of the current budgetary situation and in particular in the context of the recommendations of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Control,which recommended reducing staffing level and rationing the overseas office network of EI, IDA and Bord Bia.

I have sanctioned the filling of 24 posts in EI as an exceptional measure in recognition of the importance of their work in driving Irish export performance.

Remuneration Rates

Joan Burton

Question:

41 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Finance the number of civil servants, public servants and employees at commercial semi-State companies or majority State owned financial institutions earning remuneration packages greater than that earned by An Taoiseach by function and organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24374/10]

The current salary of An Taoiseach, following the application of the terms of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No. 2) Act, 2009 is €228,466 p.a. On the basis of information currently to hand, the numbers of those within the public service and those within the majority State owned financial institutions that have a salary (some of which are held on a personal to holder basis) in excess of €228,466 are as follows:

Sector

Organisation/Function

Numbers

Judiciary

Chief Justice

1

President of the High Court

1

Judge of the Supreme Court

7

President of the Circuit Court

1

Judge of the High Court

35

Health Services Executive

Chief Executive Officer

1

Master Consultant

*

Academic Consultants

*

Clinical Directors

*

Education

President of UCC

1

Non Commercial State Sponsored Bodies

CEO of National Roads Authority and Director General of Science Foundation Ireland

2

Commercial State Bodies

Chief Executive Officer Coillte Teoranta, ESB, Bord na Móna, Bord Gáis Éireann, An Post, RTE, VHI, Bus Átha Cliath, Córas Iompair Éireann, Dublin Airport Authority, Iarnród Éireann, Irish Aviation Authority.

12

Financial Institutions

EBS-Chief Executive Officer

1

EBS –Executive Directors

2

Anglo Irish Bank – Executive Director

1

Anglo Irish Bank – Senior Management

17

INBS – Executive Directors

2

INBS – Senior Management

1

*Due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply a breakdown of the numbers at consultant level in the HSE in the time available. This data will be supplied to the Deputy when the detailed information comes to hand.

Remuneration rates in the Central Bank Financial Services Authority of Ireland are solely a matter for the Board of the Bank and the Authority to determine while the remuneration packages of all National Treasury Management Authority staff (which includes the staff of the National Asset Management Authority) are negotiated on an individual contract basis and are confidential. With the exception of the posts of Chief Executive Officer, I have no role in determining the salary rates of employees in the commercial State bodies.

Departmental Staff

Leo Varadkar

Question:

42 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 132 of 1 June 2010, if he will provide the same information as of May 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24375/10]

The breakdown of civil servants by grade employed at the end of April 2010, the latest date for which information is available, is set out in the following table.

GRADES

30 APRIL 2010

NON INDUSTRIAL CIVIL SERVANTS — FTE

SECRETARY GENERAL RELATED GRADES

35.00

DEPUTY SECRETARY RELATED GRADES

16.00

ASSISTANT SECRETARY RELATED GRADES

229.00

PO RELATED GRADES

1,295.55

AP RELATED GRADE

3,575.67

HEO RELATED GRADES

3,678.19

AO RELATED GRADES

2,065.69

EO RELATED GRADES

6,409.57

SO REALATED GRADES

1,597.60

CO RELATED GRADES

11,263.34

SERVICE OFFICER RELATED GRADES

1,155.01

MISC GRADES

88.56

TOTAL NON INDUSTRIAL GRADES

31,409.18

GENERAL SERVICE GRADES INCLUDED IN TOTAL

24,056.38

INDUSTRIAL GRADES

1,690.72

FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Local Recruits Serving Abroad)

300

EDUCATION (staff outside main Departmental records)

79

PRISONS, NATIONAL GALLERY and CPSA

3,647.37

Total

37,126.27

Departmental Bodies

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

43 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Finance the details and outcome of the past three reviews by his Department’s Governance Support Division of compliance by his Department’s State bodies with the code of practice, in particular to name the State bodies that have not achieved full compliance; the reason for same; the action taken by him; the results of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24388/10]

The following is the position in relation to compliance with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies by State bodies under the aegis of my Department.

National Treasury Management Agency

The National Treasury Management Agency's legal structure does not follow the general semi-state model in all respects. The National Treasury Management Agency is currently carrying out a detailed review of how the code can be adapted to the specific structure of the Agency and its associated bodies.

National Asset Management Agency

In accordance with the provisions of the National Asset Management Agency Act 2009, NAMA has submitted codes of practice for my approval on the conduct of officers of NAMA. This code is being reviewed. Once finalised and approved, it will be published on the NAMA website.

An Post National Lottery

The National Lottery Company, which operates the National Lottery under a licence issued by the Minister for Finance, is a subsidiary of An Post, which is under the aegis of my colleague, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Corporate Governance of the National Lottery Company is a matter, in the first instance, for the Board of the Company and are overseen by An Post as parent company and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources as parent Department. The annual reports of the National Lottery Company for each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 confirm that the Company is fully compliant with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

Anglo Irish Bank

The Bank has confirmed in its annual report for 2009 that during 2009 the bank adopted the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies and is working with my Department towards full compliance.

Financial Services Ombudsman Council and Financial Services Ombudsman's Bureau

The Financial Services Ombudsman's Bureau have confirmed that both it and the Financial Services Ombudsman Council are compliant with the Code of Governance of State Bodies.

Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal

The Financial Services Appeals Tribunal have confirmed that they have a code of conduct in place which is compliant with the Code of Governance of State Bodies.

While within the current statutory provisions, the Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland are independent of the Minister for Finance in this area, I understand that the Board of the Central Bank and the Regulatory Authority have adopted codes of practice which reflect the document prepared by my Department.

Public Service Staff

Arthur Morgan

Question:

44 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Minister for Finance the number of persons in County Donegal employed by the State earning less than €20,000 per year; the number of persons in County Donegal employed by the State earning less than €30,000 per year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24426/10]

Arthur Morgan

Question:

51 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 102, 104 and 106 of 16 December 2009, if he will provide updated figures of the numbers of public sector workers in County Donegal earning less than €20,000, €30,000, €40,000, €50,000, €60,000, €70,000, €80,000, €90,000 and €100,000 and earning more than €100,000 per annum. [24617/10]

Arthur Morgan

Question:

52 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Questions Nos 102, 104 and 106 of 16 December 2009, if he will provide updated figures of the numbers of public sector workers in County Donegal earning less than €20,000, €30,000, €40,000, €50,000, €60,000, €70,000, €80,000, €90,000 and €100,000 and earning more than €100,000 per annum excluding various forms of income from public sources to groups that would not normally be regarded as being employed within the public service, for example persons receiving fees and those on the State Boards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24618/10]

Arthur Morgan

Question:

53 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Questions Nos 102, 104 and 106 of 16 December 2009, if he will provide updated figures of the numbers of public sector workers in County Donegal earning less than €20,000, €30,000, €40,000, €50,000, €60,000, €70,000, €80,000, €90,000 and €100,000 and earning more than €100,000 per annum, distinguishing atypical work patterns and earnings by employees such as work sharing and temporary or short term work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24619/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 44 and 51 to 53, inclusive, together.

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that there is no more recent information available than that provided last November. To be helpful to the Deputy, I reprint that information here.

Range of Gross Income — Donegal

From

To

Numbers

20,000

20,658

20,000

30,000

6,437

30,000

40,000

2,336

40,000

50,000

1,038

50,000

60,000

537

60,000

70,000

371

70,000

80,000

181

80,000

90,000

109

90,000

100,000

58

100,000

150,000

69

Over

150,000

12

Total

31,806

The data also includes various forms of income from public sources to groups that would not normally be regarded as being employed within the public service, e.g. those receiving fees, those on State Boards etc. On the basis of the available tax-based data it is not possible to identify and exclude income from public sources to groups that would not normally be regarded as employed within the public service or to distinguish the earnings of employees associated with atypical work patterns. Accordingly, it is likely that the number of lower paid public servants is overstated.

EU Directives

Phil Hogan

Question:

45 Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Minister for Finance the meaning of the terms “Head Office” and “Registered Office” in Article 5 of the European Parliament text for the European Commission proposal for the Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive; if he will confirm that this part of the directive means that an AIFM with a legal personality in an EU jurisdiction can be forced to register with the supervisory authority of the Member State in which the legal personality is established; if he will outline whether this provision requires that the US headquarters of an alternative investment fund with a presence in Europe will have to move to the EU in order to comply with the directive; his views on whether the terms “Head Office” and “Registered Office” should be defined in such a way in the legislation that would not force non EU funds operating in the EU market to have their headquarters in the EU; his further views on whether the European Parliament text in respect of Article 5 is a protectionist measure and should be amended or removed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24519/10]

Phil Hogan

Question:

46 Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Minister for Finance his views on Jean Paul Gauzes 66th amendment to Article 17 of the European Commission proposal for the Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive which will require an Alternative Investment Fund to use a single depository; his views on whether investors may be put at risk by forcing Alternative Investment Funds to put their money into one bank; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24523/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 45 and 46 together.

The substantial issue raised by the Deputy relates to the extent to which non-EU managers of alternative investment funds are required to register with an EU authority. Article 5 only sets down the rules for EU managers of alternative funds. However, Article 35 and a proposed new Article 39a set down the parameters for non-EU managers. I agree with the Deputy that there could be greater clarity on this issue. While it is not for me to interpret the European Parliament's intentions with regard to their proposed amendments, I think it is reasonable to assume that the proposal would require non-EU firms, which propose to sell funds within the Community, to register with the new European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). The EP text would also require agreements between the supervisor of the non-EU fund and the competent authority of the relevant Member State and also between the supervisor of the AIFM and ESMA. This is an issue which will be the subject of further discussions between the Council, Parliament and Commission.

As I have mentioned in previous PQ replies to the Deputy and others, the third country provisions of the proposed Directive were the most contentious issues of the negotiations and I have also stated that the agreement on a general approach which was reached recently at Ecofin, represents a balanced, workable approach. I still believe that the Council's text on Article 35 represents the best solution on this difficult issue.

Although the proposed treatment of depositaries has been an issue of particular concern for Ireland, I would be less concerned about the proposed requirement for an alternative fund to appoint a single depositary. This requirement is already imposed by the Financial Regulator who requires that a single entity is responsible for the safe-keeping of Irish fund assets. However, there is a critical difference insofar as the Financial Regulator permits the depositary to delegate some of its functions to others who provide custodial or safe-keeping services, subject to no dilution of the liability of the depositary.

The draft measures for depositaries remain the biggest concern for Ireland. Depositaries play a critical role in protecting those who invest in funds. It is of course imperative that depositaries should be subject to rigorous regulatory standards to ensure that they fulfil their safe-keeping and custodial obligations. However, the current proposals would impose stricter requirements on depositaries for hedge funds and other alternative funds, which can only be sold to institutional or professional investors, than currently exist in relation to UCITS, which can be sold to retail investors. In my view, this makes little sense and I will continue to raise this point with our European partners in order to seek a balanced solution.

Banking Sector Regulation

James Reilly

Question:

47 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 144 of 1 June 2010, the proportion of Anglo Irish Bank’s liabilities that is owed to Irish credit union and Irish pension funds; the reason that bondholders cannot be forced to accept losses due to the fact that so many of them are Irish credit union and Irish pension funds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24582/10]

As the Deputy is aware the Board of the bank is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the bank.

The bank provides details of its assets and liabilities through the Annual Report and Accounts. The Report and Accounts for the 15 month period to 31 December 2009 were published in March 2010, please see following link http://www.angloirishbank.com/About-Us/Reports/. In addition, the bank makes appropriate disclosures to the regulatory authorities.

The Deputy will appreciate that a breakdown of the information in the manner requested is confidential and commercially sensitive and I do not have available the breakdown of the liabilities into the categories requested by the Deputy.

The Deputy is no doubt aware that bondholders are covered under the Government Guarantee Scheme; this includes all liabilities for the period from 30 September 2008 to 29 September 2010.

Banking Sector

James Reilly

Question:

48 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Finance the deposit ratio of the Irish banks on each month from May 2008 to May 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24584/10]

I refer the Deputy to the following table. As I indicated in my reply to PQ 22807 on 1 June, this information is taken from tables C4 and C5 of monthly reports produced by the Central Bank which shows loans to and deposits taken from customers, excluding Government and credit institutions. The latest statistics are available on the Bank's website at http://www.centralbank.ie/frame_main.asp?pg=nws%5Farticle%2Easp%3Fid%3D517&nv=nws_nav.asp.

I am assuming that the reference to Irish banks in the Deputy's question comprises the retail clearing banks and the non-clearing domestic banks.

As the Deputy is aware, the Retail Clearing banks are AIB, Bank of Ireland, National Irish Bank and Ulster Bank and some of their subsidiaries. The Non-Clearing domestic banks include ACC Bank plc, Anglo Irish Bank, EBS Building Society, Irish Life and Permanent plc, Irish Nationwide Building Society, KBC Bank Ireland plc and Postbank.

Table C4: Retail Clearing Credit Institutions

Table 5: Non-Clearing with Predominantly Domestic Business Credit Institutions

Assets: Item 5: Loans to other residents

Liabilities: Item 5: Deposits from other residents

Loans-to-Deposits Ratio

Assets: Item 5: Loans to other residents

Liabilities: Item 5: Deposits from other residents

Loans-to-Deposits Ratio

€ million

€ million

€ million

€ million

30/05/2008

228,157

127,578

1.79

253,852

99,310

2.56

30/06/2008

235,094

127,605

1.84

253,612

99,399

2.55

31/07/2008

235,886

127,038

1.86

255,518

101,044

2.53

29/08/2008

237,317

130,579

1.82

260,074

105,672

2.46

30/09/2008

237,814

130,815

1.82

262,064

99,260

2.64

31/10/2008

248,157

139,342

1.78

267,494

89,588

2.99

28/11/2008

253,647

134,798

1.88

265,239

87,783

3.02

31/12/2008

251,849

137,701

1.83

239,334

82,489

2.90

30/01/2009

250,868

133,492

1.88

241,018

79,078

3.05

27/02/2009

251,822

135,595

1.86

240,551

79,725

3.02

31/03/2009

249,427

134,378

1.86

233,776

76,022

3.08

30/04/2009

248,503

134,963

1.84

233,477

76,801

3.04

29/05/2009

248,602

134,754

1.84

230,194

77,333

2.98

30/06/2009

249,254

137,303

1.82

228,951

77,349

2.96

31/07/2009

246,368

139,735

1.76

227,411

76,663

2.97

31/08/2009

246,411

141,970

1.74

224,298

76,506

2.93

30/09/2009

243,525

138,519

1.76

221,580

76,315

2.90

30/10/2009

241,806

139,260

1.74

220,202

77,762

2.83

30/11/2009

243,122

132,194

1.84

218,960

76,977

2.84

31/12/2009

242,181

131,732

1.84

212,594

76,328

2.79

29/01/2010

240,678

128,067

1.88

213,401

75,750

2.82

26/02/2010

245,756

132,094

1.86

206,593

74,351

2.78

31/03/2010

242,636

131,878

1.84

205,714

72,914

2.82

30/04/2010

241,069

131,325

1.83

204,452

71,293

2.86

Departmental Bodies

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

49 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Finance the arrangements that are in place to implement policy in relation to determining and approving the remuneration of each chief executive officer and managing director under the auspices of his Department; the salary of each such chief executive officer and managing director; if such arrangements have been breached in the past three years and the person involved; if he has taken any action; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24599/10]

The Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector advises the Government from time to time on the general levels of remunerations appropriate for senior posts across the public service including CEOS of non-commercial State-sponsored bodies. As it is not feasible for the Review Body to examine the chief executive posts in all of the non-commercial State-sponsored bodies on every occasion, the practice is that it examines a selection of posts for each general review. Specific Review Body recommendations are sanctioned by the Department of Finance once they have been approved by Government. The Department of Finance then determines the appropriate rate of remuneration for the remaining CEO posts in the non-commercial State sponsored bodies by reference to the recommendations of the posts examined.

Since 1 January 2010 the Institute of Public Administration falls under the auspices of my Department. With effect from the 1 January 2010 the salary for the Director General of the Institute of Public Administration is €188,952 per annum.

There are separate arrangements in the case of commercial State-sponsored bodies but there are no such bodies under the auspices of the Department of Finance.

My Department also jointly sponsors the Special EU Programmes Body with the Department of Finance and Personnel of Northern Ireland as a North/South initiative. The CEO's salary scale is £61,217 — £69,020 — £76,826 — £84,630 and this salary is linked to civil service pay rates.

There have been no breaches of approved arrangements in the case of these bodies.

Tax Code

Brian O'Shea

Question:

50 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Finance the position regarding the payment of health levy 2008 and 2009 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24608/10]

The position is that the income levy was introduced with effect from 1 January 2009 so the question of a refund for 2008 does not arise.

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the named individual made a claim for a refund of his income levy on 10 January 2010. The repayment claim was not dealt with at that time due to industrial action by the CPSU across the public sector. However, this specific issue has now been resolved and the repayment claim has been dealt with. A refund was issued to the taxpayer on 28 May 2010 and the records of the Revenue Commissioners indicate that the cheque was cashed on 31 May 2010.

Questions Nos. 51 to 53, inclusive, answered with Question No. 44.

Dinny McGinley

Question:

54 Deputy Dinny McGinley asked the Minister for Finance if retired public servants on a pension of less than €40,000 a year and aged over 65 years are obliged to pay the pension levy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24684/10]

In general, public servants are liable to pay the pension-related deduction, also known as the pension levy, as legislated for in the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009, as amended.

The pension-related deduction applies to a public servant's remuneration as a public servant, and is calculated by reference to the following annual income bands and rates:

Earnings

Per Cent

Earnings up to 15,000

Exempt

Earnings between 15,000 and 20,000

5 per cent

Earnings between 20,000 and 60,000

10 per cent

Earnings over 60,000

10.5 per cent

A public service pension in payment is not liable to the pension-related deduction, and liability to the deduction is not age-related in any way.

A person in receipt of a public service pension who takes up a public service position is liable to the pension-related deduction in respect of the remuneration for that position. However this would only be paid where that remuneration exceeded 15,000 in a full year, as earnings up to that level are exempt.

Licensed Moneylenders

Sean Sherlock

Question:

55 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the report on the Licensed Moneylending Industry, in March 2007, by the Financial Regulator; if his further attention has been drawn to the fact that licensed moneylenders charge APRS ranging from 10.2% to 188.5%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24691/10]

Moneylenders are covered by a range of provisions under the Consumer Credit Act, 1995 (the Act) including the annual licensing process and the register of licensed moneylenders system as administered by the Financial Regulator.

Consumers who avail of loans from moneylenders licensed under the Act (moneylenders) are entitled to a considerable amount of information in relation to such loans. Moneylenders are required to assist consumers to understand the products on offer. This assistance has to include the method of repayment, all related interest payments, charges and the cost per €100 borrowed. Also the moneylenders are required to:

disclose all the fees, costs and interest in a clear manner, and

prominently indicate the high-cost nature of the loan on all loan documentation where the APR is 23% or higher.

These requirements are set out in the Financial Regulator's "Consumer Protection Code for Licensed Moneylenders". This Code came into full effect on 30 September 2009.

In his question, the Deputy refers to the Financial Regulator's report on the Licensed Money- lending Industry which was published in March 2007. That Report concluded that the introduction of an interest rate ceiling for moneylenders may not achieve the objectives of lowering the cost of credit for consumers. Other research findings included:—

Customers of licensed moneylenders generally have a positive impression of their moneylender

The significant majority of customers do not have difficulties making repayments to their moneylender.

Customers mainly borrow from a moneylender because it is convenient, available, out of tradition or because of an established relationship with the moneylender.

I would encourage consumers to shop around and consider all the difference sources of loans that are available to them including credit unions. I would also encourage them to avail of the personal finance information that is available from the National Consumer Agency. This information can be found on the website www.itsyourmoney.ie. In addition, to the information provided on this website people who are in debt or in danger of getting into debt can avail of the services of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS). MABS works with people in order to assist them with their financial planning and budgeting for the future. It is a national, free, confidential and independent service for people.

Banking Sector Regulation

Richard Bruton

Question:

56 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Finance when dividends on preference shares in a bank (details supplied) are due to be paid; and the terms on which he will acquire shares if these cannot be paid. [24694/10]

The first coupon payment due on the State's €3.5 billion investment in the named bank was due to be paid on 13 May 2010. As the Deputy is aware, the European Commission, indicated whilst the required restructuring plan was under assessment, that in line with its policy on state aid no coupon payments on the named bank's tier 1 and tier 2 capital instruments should be paid unless under a binding legal obligation to do so.

Accordingly, the named bank issued to the National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission 198,089,847 ordinary shares in lieu of the annual €280 million cash payment on the Fund's preference share investment. The allotment of the ordinary shares represent the amount of the preference share dividend due on the 13 May 2010 divided by the average share price in the 30 trading days prior to that date.

The next coupon payment on the shares arises on 13 May 2011. At this stage, it is not possible to say whether the State's investment will be remunerated by way of cash or the issuance of shares.

Urban Renewal Schemes

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

57 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance the number and location in County Kildare of the various urban renewal, Section 23, or other incentives approved by him since the inception of the respective schemes; the extent to which all such schemes were completed in accordance with the proposals; the degree to which all moneys were drawn down; the number and location of any such schemes incomplete for whatever reason; the extent of any remaining works to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24803/10]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

58 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance the number and location in the country of the various urban renewal, Section 23, or other incentives approved by him since the inception of the respective schemes; the extent to which all such schemes were completed in accordance with the proposals; the degree to which all moneys were drawn down; the number and location of any such schemes incomplete for whatever reason; and the extent of any remaining works to be completed. [24805/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 57 and 58 together.

I have provided information in an appendix on the areas that were designated for tax relief under the various area-based tax incentive schemes and where projects may have been developed, viz.:

Islands

Seaside Resorts

Integrated Area Urban Renewal

Town Renewal

Rural Renewal

Living over the Shop

The sectoral schemes, such as those for childcare facilities and nursing homes, were not restricted to designated areas and could have been developed in any part of the country. I am not in a position to provide information on the number of projects that were developed and the precise location of such projects. Many of the projects developed under the various area-based and sectoral property incentive schemes did not require approval or certification. To facilitate more efficient administration, the incentive schemes operated to a certain extent on a self-assessment basis, subject, of course, to compliance with the planning requirements of local authorities. The conditions that had to be met by a project or by a person claiming tax relief are set out in the Tax Acts and also, in some cases, in detailed guidelines. For example, student accommodation projects must meet the conditions set out in guidelines published by the Department of Education and Science. I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that when all of the conditions for a particular incentive scheme have been met, claims for tax relief are made in the annual return of income submitted by taxpayers under the self-assessment system. All returns are subject to check and audit to ensure that, inter alia, any tax relief is correctly claimed. Taxpayers claiming tax relief are required to indicate the particular incentive scheme under which the relief is being claimed but not the actual project and where it is located. For these reasons, the information requested by the Deputy is not available.

Similarly, I am not in a position to provide the information requested by the Deputy on the extent to which schemes have been completed in accordance with the proposals and the number and location of incomplete schemes. I would point out that the termination date for most of the schemes has already passed and future termination dates are in place for other schemes. These termination dates are the dates by which the construction or refurbishment work on a building has to be carried out if the expenditure that is attributable to that work is to qualify for tax relief.

The Deputy will see from the following table that many of the schemes have a termination date of 31 July 2008. As part of the phasing out of these schemes there was a gradual reduction in the amount of expenditure that can qualify for tax relief. All of the expenditure in 2006 will qualify for relief but only 75% of the expenditure incurred during 2007 will qualify. This goes down to 50% for expenditure incurred during 2008. Where a building is not completed by 31 July 2008 the expenditure attributable to any construction or refurbishment work that takes place after this date cannot qualify for tax relief. Thus, while certain buildings in schemes with a termination date of 31 July 2008 are currently incomplete, the amount of potential tax relief that will apply on completion will not increase beyond that which applied at 31 July 2008. A similar situation applies with all of the termination dates.

Schemes

Termination Date

Urban Renewal 1994

30 April 1999

Temple Bar Area

31 December 1999

Seaside Resort

31 December 1999

Islands

31 December 1999

Customs House Dock

30 June 2000

Enterprise Areas

31 December 2000

Countrywide Refurbishment

31 July 2008

Urban Renewal 1999

31 July 2008

Town Renewal

31 July 2008

Rural Renewal

31 July 2008

Multi-storey Car Parks

31 July 2008

Living over the Shop

31 July 2008

Park and Ride

31 July 2008

Third Level Buildings

31 July 2008

Qualifying Sports Injury Clinics

31 July 2008

Hotels continue to qualify for capital allowances but over 25 years instead of over 7 years.

31 July 2008

Holiday Cottages

31 July 2008

Student Accommodation

31 July 2008

Nursing Homes

30 June 2010 or 30 June 2011

Housing for elderly/infirm

30 April 2010

Convalescent Homes

30 June 2010 or 30 June 2011

Hospitals

30 June 2010 or 30 December 2013

Mental Health Centres

30 June 2010 or 30 June 2011

Mid-Shannon Corridor Tourism Infrastructure Scheme

31 May 2013

Childcare Buildings

31 March 2011 or 31 March 2012 (Finance Bill 2010)

Specialist Palliative Care Units

Scheme awaiting Commencement Order

Information on the potential overall cost of the property-based incentive schemes is not available. Therefore, I am not in a position to tell the Deputy the degree to which all monies have been drawn down. I can, however, provide the Deputy with information collected by the Revenue Commissioners in respect of tax relief claimed by taxpayers in respect of the various schemes. I would point out that this information is collected at the aggregate level for a particular scheme and not in respect of individual projects and locations. The following table sets out the position for the years 2007 and 2008.

Schemes

2007 (note 2)

2008 (notes 2 & 3)

Amount Claimed

Tax Forgone

Amount Claimed

Tax Forgone

€m

€m

€m

€m

Urban Renewal

280.0

109.3

224.6

84.5

Town Renewal

86.1

34.6

60.5

23.7

Seaside Resorts

20.3

8.0

14.5

5.7

Rural Renewal

121.9

48.5

84.6

34.2

Multi-storey car parks

24.0

9.6

16.8

6.6

Living over the Shop

8.0

3.0

6.1

2.5

Enterprise Areas

7.0

2.8

6.2

2.5

Park & Ride

3.3

1.4

1.7

0.7

Holiday Cottages

30.7

12.4

26.8

10.8

Hotels

307.1

118.0

300.6

114.7

Nursing Homes

45.3

18.3

47.6

19.4

Housing for the Elderly/Infirm

6.3

2.6

7.4

3.0

Hostels

1.76

0.72

1.62

0.66

Guest Houses

0.06

0.02

0.26

0.11

Convalescent Homes

1.2

0.5

1.3

0.5

Qualifying (Private) Hospitals

29.3

12.0

28.9

11.8

Qualifying Sports Injury Clinics

4.3

1.8

3.7

1.5

Buildings used for childcare purposes

24.2

9.8

29.9

12.0

Mental Health Centres

0.3

0.1

0.2

0.0

Student Accommodation

108.7

42.0

58.0

22.7

Registered Caravan Parks

N/A

N/A

1.5

0.6

Notes to Table 3

(1) The information available on the cost to the Exchequer is based on personal income tax returns filed by non-PAYE taxpayers (Form 11) and corporation tax returns filed by companies for the years 2007 and 2008, the latest year for which this information is available. Data for 2009 cannot be provided as the tax returns for this year are yet due.

It should be noted that any corresponding data returned by PAYE taxpayers in the income tax return (Form 12) is not captured in the Revenue computer system. However, any PAYE taxpayer with non-PAYE income greater than €3,174 is required to complete an income tax return (Form 11).

(2) The estimated relief claimed has assumed tax forgone at the 41% rate for 2007 and 2008 in the case of individuals and 12.5% in the case of companies for both years. The figures shown correspond to the maximum Exchequer cost in terms of income tax and corporation tax.

(3) The figures for 2008 are subject to adjustment in the event of late returns being filed or where returns already filed are subsequently amended.

Appendix 1: Designated Islands

County

Island

Cork

Bere, Clear, Dursey, Hare, Long, Sherkin, Whiddy

Donegal

Arranmore, Inishbofin, Inishfree, Tory

Galway

Inishbofin, Inisheer, Inishmaan, Inishmore

Limerick

Foynes

Mayo

Claggan, Clare, Inishbiggle, Inishcottle, Inishlyre, Inishturk

Sligo

Coney

Seaside Resprt Scheme — Designated Resorts

County

Resort (note)

Clare

Kilkee, Lahinch

Cork

Clonakilty, Youghal

Donegal

Bundoran

Galway

Salthill

Kerry

Ballybunion

Louth

Clogherhead

Mayo

Achill, Westport

Meath

Bettystown, Laytown, Mosney

Sligo

Enniscrone

Waterford

Tramore

Wexford

Courttown

Wicklow

Arklow

Integrated Area Urban Renewal Scheme

Areas Designated

City/County

Area/Town

Cork

Blackpool/Shandon, City Docks Area

Dublin

Ballymun, HARP, Inchicore/Kilmainham, Liberties/Coombe, North East Inner City, Millenium/O’Connell Street

Galway

3 Suburban Local Authority Estates

Limerick

1 Large Central Area

Waterford

Periphery of commercial centre

Carlow

Carlow

Clare

Shannon

Cork

Bandon, Cobh, Mallow (N), passage West (S)/Glenbrook

Donegal

Buncrana

Dublin

Dun Laoghaire, Balbriggan, North West Blanchardstown, North Clondalkin, Tallaght

Galway

Tuam

Kerry

Tralee

Kildare

Athy, Kildare

Kilkenny

Kilkenny

Laois

Portlaoise

Limerick

Newcastlewest

Longford

Longford

Louth

Drogheda, Dundalk

Mayo

Ballina

Meath

Navan

Monaghan

Monaghan

Offaly

Birr, Tullamore, Clara

Sligo

Sligo

Tipperary

Roscrea, Thurles, Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary

Waterford

Dungarvan

Wexford

Athlone, Mullingar

Wicklow

Arklow, Wicklow

Rural Renewal Scheme – Qualifying Areas

County

Area — District Electoral Divisions

Cavan

Arvagh, Springfield, Killashandra, Milltown, Carrafin, Grilly, Kilconny, Belturbet Urban, Ardue, Carn, Bilberry, Diamond, Doogary, Lissanover, Ballymagauran, Ballyconnell, Bawnboy, Templeport, Benbrack, Pedara Vohers, Tircahan, Swanlinbar, Kinawley, Derrynananta, Dunmakeever, Dowra, Derrylahan, Tuam, Killinagh, Eskey, Teebane, Scrabby, Loughdawan, Bruce Hall, Drumcarban, Corr, Crossdoney, and Killykeen.

Leitrim

The administrative county of Leitrim.

Longford

The administrative county of Longford.

Roscommon

Ballintober, Castleheen, Carrowduff, Kilbride North, Lissonuffy, Killavackan, Termonbarry, Roosky, Kilglass North, Kilglass South, Bumlin, Cloonfinlough, Killurkin (in Roscommon Rural District), Strokestown, Annaghmore, Tulsk, Coolougher, Ballinlough, Kiltullagh, Cloonflower, Artagh South, Artagh North, Ballaghaderreen, Edmondstown, Loughglinn, Buckhill, Fairymount, Castlereagh, Frenchpark, Bellengare, Castleplunket, Baslick, Breedoge, Altnagowlan, Lough Allen, Ballyfarnan, Keadue, Aghafin, Ballyformoyle, Crossna, Kilbryan, Boyle Rural, Boyle Urban, Tivannagh, Rushfield, Tumna North, Tumna South, Killurkin (in Boyle No.1 Rural District), Oakport, Rockingham, Danesfort, Cloonteem, Kilmore, Elia, Ballygarden, Aughrim East, Aughrim West, Creeve (in Boyle No. 1 Rural District), Creeve (in Roscommon Rural District), Elphin, Rossmore, Cloonyquinn, Ogulla, Mantua, Lisgarve, Kilmacumsy, Kilcolgan, Estersnow, Croghan, Killummod, Cregga, Cloonygormican, Kilbride South, Kilgefin, Cloontuskert, Drumdaff, and Kilteevan.

Sligo

Ballintogher East, Ballynakill, Lisconny, Drumfin, Ballymote, Cloonoghill, Leitrim, Tobercurry, Kilturra, Cuilmore, Kilfree, Coolavin, Killaraght, Templevanny, Aghanagh, Kilmactranny, Ballynashee, Shancough, Drumcolumb, Riverstown, Lakeview, Bricklieve, Drumrat, Toomour, Kilshalvy, Killdoon, Streamstown, Cartron, Coolaney, Owenmore, Temple, Annagh, Carrickbannagher, Collooney, and Ballintogher West.

Town Renewal Scheme — Designated Towns

County

Towns

Carlow

Hacketstown, Muinbheag, Tinnahinch/Graiguenamanagh, Tullow

Cavan

Bailieborough, Ballyjamesduff, Cavan, Cootehill

Clare

Ennistymon, Milltown Malbay, Kilrush, Scarriff, Sixmilebridge,

Cork

Bantry, Charelville (Rathluirc), Cloyne, Doberaile, Fermoy, Kanturk, Skibbereen,

Donegal

Ardara, Ballybofey- Stranolar, Ballyshannon, Moville, Ramelton,

Galway

Ballygar, Clifden, Headford, Loughrea, Portumna

Kerry

Caherciveen, Castleisland, Killorglin, Listowel

Kildare

Castledermot, Kilcock, Kilcullen, Monasterevan, Rathangan

Kilkenny

Callan, Castlecomer, Pilltown, Thomastown, Urlingford

Laois

Mountmellick, Mountrath, Portarlington, Rathdowney

Limerick

Abbeyfeale, Castleconnell, Croom, Kilmallock, Rathkeale

Lough

Ardee, Carlingford, Castlebellingham, Dubleer

Mayo

Ballinrobe, Belmullet, Claremorris, Foxford, Newport

Meath

Duleek, Kells, Oldcasrle, Trim

Monaghan

Ballybay, Castleblayney, Clones

Offaly

Banagher, Clara, Edenderry, Ferbane,

Roscommon

Roscommon

Sligo

Bellaghy-Charlestown, Rosses Point

Tipperary N.R.

Borrisokane, Littleton, Nenagh, Templemore

Tipperary S.R.

Cahir, Cashel, Fethard, Killenaule

Waterford

Cappoquin, Kilmacthomas, Portlaw, Tallow

Westmeath

Castlepollard, Kilbeggan, Moate

Wexford

Bunclody, Ferns, Gorey, Taghmon

Wicklow

Baltinglass, Carnew, Dunlavin, Tinahely

Living Over the Shop Scheme

Year

City

Designated Areas

2004

Cork

Qualifying Streets

2004

Dublin

Qualifying Streets

2004

Galway

Qualifying Streets

2004

Limerick

Qualifying Streets

2004

Waterford

Qualifying Streets

2007

Cork

Qualifying Streets

2007

Dublin

Qualifying Streets

2007

Galway

Qualifying Streets

2007

Limerick

Qualifying Streets

2007

Waterford

Qualifying Streets

Youth Services

Bernard Allen

Question:

59 Deputy Bernard Allen asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason Pobal has refused to grant a group (details supplied) in County Cork. [24611/10]

It is assumed that the Deputy is referring to the recently announced OMCYA Dormant Accounts Youth Café Funding Scheme which is being administered by POBAL on behalf of my Office. As the closing date for applications under this scheme is not until Friday June 11th next, no applications have yet been received or considered in relation to this scheme.

All initial applications under this scheme will be forwarded to local County & City Development boards (CDBs) who will then submit a short-list of suitable applications to POBAL. Full details of the scheme are available on www.pobal.ie

Departmental Correspondence

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

60 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health and Children her response to representations received from a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24647/10]

Correspondence received in regard to this matter has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Sean Sherlock

Question:

61 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Health and Children the average cost per week of a private nursing home stay; the way the cost of this stay is broken down; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24097/10]

Under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, the weekly cost of long-term residential care in both public and private nursing homes is published on the HSE's website. Based on this, the average cost of care per week in a private nursing home is €850 for a single room and €844 for a shared room.

In the case of private nursing homes, the National Treatment Purchase Fund has to agree a price for long-term residential care with each private nursing home provider wishing to partake in the scheme. This is a necessary feature of the scheme due to the commitment by the State to meet the full balance of the cost of care over and above a person's contribution.

The services which fall within the scope of long-term residential care and which are covered by this agreed price are:

nursing and personal care appropriate to the level of care needs of the person,

bed and board,

basic aids and appliances necessary to assist a person with the activities of daily living, and

laundry service.

A person who avails of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme should not be charged any additional fee over and above the agreed price, except where he or she chooses to obtain additional services over and above long-term residential care services, for example, hairdressing or the delivery of daily newspapers.

Existing arrangements with regard to the provision of incontinence wear free of charge to residents in public and private nursing homes also remain in place.

A person's eligibility for other schemes, such as the Medical Card Scheme or the Drugs Payment Scheme, is unaffected by the Nursing Homes Support Scheme. In other words, a person can continue to receive goods and services in accordance with the terms of these other schemes regardless of whether they are in a private nursing home or elsewhere.

Children in Care

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

62 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will confirm the number of children who were sent to the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin 14 for misbehaving while in child care institutions; and the number who subsequently died in the Central Mental Hospital and were cremated without the knowledge and consent of their families. [24100/10]

Prior to the implementation of the Mental Health Act 2001, admissions to the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) were governed by Section 207 of the Mental Treatment Act 1945 which provided for the transfer of a person detained in a district mental hospital to the CMH, where in the opinion of the Justice of the District Court, such person had committed an offence and would, if placed on trial, be unfit to plead. Strict legal procedures applied to admissions to the CMH; I am advised that misbehaving in a childcare institution, never constituted grounds for admission to the hospital. The Deputy may also wish to note that there was never a crematorium in the CMH.

If the Deputy has continuing concerns, I am happy to facilitate a visit to the CMH and for the Deputy to examine the admission registers.

Hospital Services

Seán Barrett

Question:

63 Deputy Seán Barrett asked the Minister for Health and Children her plans to make balloon angioplasty services available for the treatment of chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency, which treatment has major beneficial effects for multiple sclerosis sufferers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24102/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with the HSE in due course.

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

64 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health and Children if her attention has been drawn to the fact that house properties left vacant in the aftermath of a person securing long term residential care are inordinately difficult to insure; if this situation has implications for the long term operation of the fair deal scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24104/10]

A key purpose of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme is to ensure that individuals do not have to sell or re-mortgage their homes in order to meet their long-term nursing home care costs. For this reason, the scheme provides that a person's principal residence is only taken into account in the financial assessment for their first three years in care. It also provides that the portion of the person's contribution based on the principal residence may be deferred for the duration of their lifetime. This is an optional element of the scheme termed the Nursing Home Loan.

It is not a requirement of the scheme that a person's property be insured in order to be taken into account during the financial assessment or in order to be considered for the Nursing Home Loan. As such, the situation referred to by the Deputy does not have implications for the long-term operation of the scheme.

Services for People with Disabilities

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

65 Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will provide structured occupational therapy and or speech and language therapy for the pupils of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 6; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24109/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

National Treatment Purchase Fund

James Reilly

Question:

66 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will allow a person who is suffering from a personality disorder to be treated in the UK under the National Treatment Purchase Fund in view of the fact that there are no treatment options here; the reason there are no residential centres here to help persons with personality disorders; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24112/10]

The National Treatment Purchase Fund currently arranges treatment for patients who have been waiting longest on surgical in-patient waiting lists, and in some cases, diagnostic procedures for public patients. Therefore the type of service to which the Deputy refers does not fall within the remit of the Fund.

There is some expertise within the mental health service for the treatment of personality disorders. In addition individuals can be referred by their consultant for treatment abroad using the S2 (or E112). The question of further developing the service here in line with ‘A Vision for Change' is a matter for the HSE.

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Sean Sherlock

Question:

67 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Health and Children the policy provisions that are in place to prevent deliberate overcharging in private nursing homes with regard to physical therapy, personal care and so on once a person has qualified under the fair deal scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24127/10]

Under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) has to agree a price for long-term residential care with each private nursing home provider wishing to partake in the scheme. The services which fall within the scope of long-term residential care and which are covered by this agreed price are: nursing and personal care appropriate to the level of care needs of the person, bed and board, basic aids and appliances necessary to assist a person with the activities of daily living, and laundry service.

A person who avails of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme should not be charged any additional fee over and above this agreed price, except where he or she chooses to obtain additional services over and above long-term residential care services, for example, hairdressing or the delivery of daily newspapers. Existing arrangements with regard to the provision of incontinence wear free of charge to residents in public and private nursing homes also remain in place.

A person's eligibility for other schemes, such as the Medical Card Scheme or the Drugs Payment Scheme, is unaffected by the Nursing Homes Support Scheme. In other words, a person can continue to receive goods and services in accordance with the terms of these other schemes regardless of whether they are in a private nursing home or elsewhere.

Finally, the Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations 2009 specify that the registered provider shall agree a contract with the resident within one month of their admission. The contract must include details of the services to be provided for that resident and the fees to be charged. It should also outline any additional health, personal and social services to be paid for over and above those included in the price agreed with the NTPF, e.g. daily newspapers, hairdressing etc.

Youth Services

James Reilly

Question:

68 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the application by Fingal Development Board for funding for youth cafés in Fingal and in particular for a youth café at a premises (details supplied) in County Dublin which Fingal County Council has purchased for community use and in respect of which a €100,000 grant application has been made for conversion to a youth cafe as per her policy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24129/10]

It is assumed that the Deputy is referring to the recently announced OMCYA Dormant Accounts Youth Café Funding Scheme which is being administered by POBAL on behalf of my Office. As the closing date for applications under this scheme is not until Friday June 11th next, no applications have yet been received or considered in relation to this scheme. All initial applications under this scheme will be forwarded to local County & City Development boards (CDBs) who will then submit a short-list of suitable applications to POBAL. Full details of the scheme are available on www.pobal.ie

Departmental Funding

Finian McGrath

Question:

69 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will arrange to have a facility (details supplied) cleaned and painted. [24137/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Health Services

Finian McGrath

Question:

70 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will stop the proposed cuts to home help in Marino and Fairview, Dublin 3. [24142/10]

I regret that due to industrial action I am not in a position to provide a substantive response to your Parliamentary Question. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Departmental Investigations

James Reilly

Question:

71 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will provide this Deputy with a copy of the report of a Health Information and Quality Authority investigation (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24155/10]

I have been informed by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) that no specific investigation has been conducted nor Report prepared into the particular circumstances of the case referred to by the Deputy. However the circumstances of the case are known to HIQA and helped inform the Authority's Report of the investigation into the quality and safety of services and supporting arrangements provided by the Health Service Executive at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital Ennis, which was published in April 2009. I understand that the Authority has been in communication with the Deputy in relation to the specific matters that he has raised.

Tobacco Control

Phil Hogan

Question:

72 Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Minister for Health and Children if her Department has submitted information on the national focal points for tobacco control as required by point six of the European Council Recommendation on smoke free environments by the deadline of 30 May 2010; if so, the details of the focal points; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24165/10]

The national focal point for tobacco control is the Assistant Principal Officer in the Tobacco Control Unit in my Department, as notified to the European Commission.

Phil Hogan

Question:

73 Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Minister for Health and Children when she plans, as previously indicated by her Department, to introduce mandatory pictorial health warnings on cigarette packets; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24166/10]

Section 6 of the Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Act, 2009 provides for regulations to facilitate the introduction of the combined text and photo warnings on tobacco products and the regulations are currently being drafted. The date for the introduction of the new warnings will be determined following consultation with the relevant stakeholders.

Mental Health Services

Christy O'Sullivan

Question:

74 Deputy Christy O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health and Children the percentage of the health budget allocated and spent on mental health for the years 2008, 2009, and to date in 2010; the way that compares with international figures; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24177/10]

Following is the information requested by the Deputy in tabular form.

Year

2008

2009

2010*

€M

€M

€M

Mental Health Funding

1,043.816

1,006.682

976.964

Gross Non- Capital Health Expenditure

14,352.642

14,698.354

14,583.431

Mental Health Funding as a percentage of Gross Health Expenditure

7.27%

6.85%

6.70%

*Denotes Estimate.

Source: Revised Estimates for Public Services.

The figures contained in the table only reflect expenditure on specialist mental health services. Approximately 90% of public mental health services are provided at primary care level. Expenditure on these services is not captured in the table. Cross-national comparisons of funding are unreliable, as not all countries calculate mental health expenditure in the same way. While the percentage of total health funding spent on mental health is of interest, the principles of efficiency and effectiveness are also important and must apply in relation to the funding allocated to mental health services.

Christy O'Sullivan

Question:

75 Deputy Christy O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health and Children his views on a recent report supplied to her Department by Amnesty International Ireland; her further views on the reports recommendations for a performance assessment framework in respect of mental health; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24183/10]

I welcome the publication of Amnesty International Ireland's Report, Accountability in the Delivery of A Vision for Change. I regret however that my Department did not get the opportunity to input to the Report, which would I believe, have added considerable value to the project and to the knowledge of the Report’s authors in relation to mental health service issues.

My Department works on an ongoing collaborative basis with the HSE to further develop and refine performance measures across all service areas, including mental health, to ensure that they are as robust and meaningful as possible and reflect key priorities and international best practice as well as being comparable both within the EU and further afield.

Health Services

Pat Breen

Question:

76 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children when an application will be processed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24196/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Pat Breen

Question:

77 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be facilitated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24203/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Finian McGrath

Question:

78 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will support the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. [24209/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Organ Donation

Terence Flanagan

Question:

79 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will deal with a matter (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24212/10]

Many countries in the European Union operate organ donor registers. However, the rates of deceased organ donation vary widely between Member States from 1.1 to 34.4 deceased organ donors per million of population. Therefore, it is difficult to demonstrate the effectiveness of a donor register as a means to increasing organ donation.

Ireland consistently performs above the average EU rate of organ donation. In 2008, Ireland's annual rate was 18.4 organ donors per million of population, compared to the EU rate of 18.2. In 2009, Ireland significantly increased its level of organ donation to 20 organ donors per million of population, which is expected to again place it above the average EU rate.

Notwithstanding this performance, options to further improve organ donation should be open to consideration. With this in mind, I agreed with the Health Service Executive, as part of its 2010 Service Plan, that it will establish an organ donation and transplantation unit within its existing national structures and resources. This unit will provide a national focal point for reporting, monitoring and assessing organ donation and transplantation activities. It is appropriate that these functions be carried out at a national level, on the basis of regular, comprehensive performance data provided by all the transplant centres. This approach will provide a sound basis for evaluating performance and examining other issues related to transplantation.

Hospital Services

Sean Sherlock

Question:

80 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Health and Children the waiting time protocols regarding children in need of surgery for the condition scoliosis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24225/10]

Sean Sherlock

Question:

81 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Health and Children the after care policy here for persons who have undergone surgery for the condition scoliosis abroad; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24226/10]

Ì propose to take Questions Nos. 80 and 81 together.

The treatment provided to a patient is a matter for clinical decision, in consultation with the patient, where appropriate, and his or her family. Cases are reviewed by the relevant clinical team on a regular basis and surgery and other treatment is determined and prioritised according to clinical need.

In relation to public patients who are referred for surgical treatment abroad, arrangements are made for appropriate ongoing care by the referring consultant, in conjunction with the hospital in which the procedure has been carried out.

Health Services

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

82 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the average number of cases allocated to social workers here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24237/10]

I regret that due to industrial action I am not in a position to provide a substantive response to your Parliamentary Question. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it again with me in due course.

Health Service Staff

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

83 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of locum social workers employed by the Health Service Executive to cover social workers on sick leave for more than three weeks during each of the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24238/10]

I regret that due to industrial action I am not in a position to provide a substantive response to your Parliamentary Question. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it again with me in due course.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

84 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of social workers who have taken sick leave for longer than three weeks for each of the past five years. [24239/10]

I regret that due to industrial action I am not in a position to provide a substantive response to your Parliamentary Question. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it again with me in due course.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

85 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of social workers who have taken maternity leave during each of the past five years; the number of locum social workers who have been employed to cover maternity leave during each of the past five years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24240/10]

I regret that due to industrial action I am not in a position to provide a substantive response to your Parliamentary Question. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it again with me in due course.

Children in Care

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

86 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children if children who had been in care and subsequently died at home were included in their audit of child deaths in care; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24241/10]

The Independent Review Group on Child Deaths (IRGCD) was established in March 2010to examine the results of completed reviews of deaths of children in care over the last ten years. The Group is composed of Ms Norah Gibbons and Mr. Geoffrey Shannon. A third independent person of international standing will be appointed once the Group has completed an initial examination of documentation received from the HSE. The Group has been asked to complete its work within a six months timeframe and by year end at the latest. The Report of the Review Group will be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas and published.

The categories of deaths to be reported on are as follows: (i) children in care; (ii) children known to the HSE child protection system; (iii) young adults (up to 21 years of age) who were in the care of the HSE in the period immediately prior to their 18th birthday or were in receipt of aftercare services under Section 45 of the Child Care Act, 1991. These include the category identified by the Deputy.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

87 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children if the Health Service Executive intend to conduct an audit of cases where children who had been in care were returned to their pre-care home and suffered injury, neglect, abuse, or who died; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24242/10]

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

88 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children if the Health Service Executive plan to conduct an audit of children who died in care for the decade previous to the current audit and the decade prior to that; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24243/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 and 88 together.

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action in the public service by members of IMPACT, the HSE is not in a position to provide a response to this Parliamentary Question within the normal timeframe.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

89 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of the 444 children missing from the care system who are presumed dead; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24244/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action in the public service by members of IMPACT, the HSE is not in a position to provide a response to this Parliamentary Question within the normal timeframe.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

90 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of meetings that have taken place between the Health Service Executive and the Gardaí in respect of children who have gone missing from the care system; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24245/10]

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

91 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of children who have had multiple entries into the care system; and the reasons for these entries. [24246/10]

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

92 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of children who have received aftercare from the Health Service Executive during each of the past five years; and the number of persons who have been monitored upon leaving aftercare during each of the past five years. [24247/10]

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

93 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of children in care who have had multiple changes of social workers during each of the past five years. [24248/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 90 to 93, inclusive, together.

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action in the public service by members of IMPACT, the HSE is not in a position to provide a response to this Parliamentary Question within the normal timeframe.

Information and Response Systems

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

94 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the steps taken by the Health Service Executive to establish a rapid response system here, that covers both sea and airports; the steps taken to establish a two-way information and response system in co-operation with authorities in the north of Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24249/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with the HSE in due course.

Child Care Services

Róisín Shortall

Question:

95 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health and Children if additional funding will be provided for child care facilities (details supplied) in Dublin 11; if she will provide clarification regarding the funding of this facility; and if an error has been made regarding the allocation of this vital funding. [24254/10]

I have responsibility for implementing the free Pre-School Year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme, which was introduced in January of this year. I understand that the child care facility referred to by the Deputy is participating in the new ECCE scheme and that to date capitation funding in the region of €95,000 has been allocated by my Office to the facility to enable it to provide the free pre-school year. As the query relates to the withdrawal of funding previously received by the service from the Health Service Executive (HSE), I asked for enquiries to be made in this matter. However, I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the HSE it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Medical Cards

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

96 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children when a medical card will issue to persons (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24261/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Sean Sherlock

Question:

97 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason the provision of dentures and teeth cleaning have been withdrawn under the medical card scheme; if she will restore provision of same to medical card holders; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24279/10]

The Government's decision to limit the funding available to the Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) was made in view of the current position of the public finances and the 60% increase in expenditure in the DTSS over the past five years. The Health Service Executive (HSE) has introduced measures to contain DTSS expenditure at the 2008 level of approximately €63 million.

The provision and repair of dentures has not been withdrawn but will be provided in cases of clinical emergency. Under the new measures the range of treatments available are being prioritised. These measures have been introduced to protect access to emergency dental care for medical card holders and to safeguard services for children and special needs groups. The HSE will monitor the ongoing effect of these changes from a clinical and budgetary perspective. The dental and oral health services currently provided through the HSE Public Dental Service will not be affected by these changes to the DTSS.

Health Service Staff

Paul Connaughton

Question:

98 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Health and Children if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there are a number of advance paramedics here who are suitably qualified and in view of the fact that it is estimated to cost €100,000 to train each paramedic to the advanced paramedic standard; the number of advanced paramedics likely to be needed over the next few years; if the existing cohort of advanced paramedics are sufficient for the proposed service in the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24304/10]

As indicated to the Deputy in my previous response, it was not possible to answer the original question due to industrial action. This industrial action currently remains in place and continues to affect the provision of substantive replies to certain Parliamentary Questions. If the matter raised continues to be of concern, it will be necessary for the Deputy to resubmit the original question again when the current industrial action has been resolved.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

99 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Health and Children if it is proposed by the Health Service Executive to have support such as multi-task attendants and other support staff in hospitals and public nursing homes replaced by outsourcing the jobs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24305/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Health Services

Paul Connaughton

Question:

100 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not received any speech therapy to date from the Health Service Executive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24306/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Care of the Elderly

Paul Connaughton

Question:

101 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the Community Hospital and Nursing Home, Belmullet, County Mayo; the proposals for the future of this hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24307/10]

I regret that due to industrial action I am not in a position to provide a substantive response to your Parliamentary Question. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Services for People with Disabilities

Paul Connaughton

Question:

102 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason there is no maintenance dental service available to disabled persons in County Galway and in particular to persons with cerebral palsy; if her attention has been brought that the dental service is limited to extractions where there is great pain; if her further attention has been drawn this stress and anxiety this causes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24308/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Health Services

Paul Connaughton

Question:

103 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway is not in receipt of physiotherapy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24320/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. However, I would like to advise the Deputy that the scheduling of patients for hospital treatment is a matter for the hospital in each case and is determined on the basis of clinical need. Should the patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warrants an earlier appointment, he/she would be in the best position to take the matter up with the hospital.

Departmental Investigations

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

104 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will ensure that the non-statutory report into the death of a person (details supplied) is incorporated into the proposed emergency legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24362/10]

The Health Service Executive engaged Counsel in 2007 to carry out the Non-Statutory Inquiry referred to by the Deputy. The Inquiry's Report was delivered to the HSE in October 2009. Following receipt of the report two of the parties requested that they be allowed make further submissions and these requests were granted. These submissions were made in early 2010 and were considered by the Inquiry. I understand that the Executive is engaged in a fair procedures exercise which it intends to complete without undue delay. The question of the dissemination of the Report is a matter for the Executive, which has indicated its intention to publish it. It is not anticipated that this legislation will be required in these circumstances.

Hospitals Building Programme

Catherine Byrne

Question:

105 Deputy Catherine Byrne asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the new national children’s hospital project; the budget for this project; when it will be completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24379/10]

My objective, and that of the Government, is to ensure the provision of a world-class hospital to serve the children of this country. The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board and the HSE are making very good progress in their work to bring this important project to fruition. The Integrated Design Team, appointed in Oct 2009, completed the concept designs for the new children's hospital and the Ambulatory & Urgent Care Centre at Tallaght in February 2010. The tendering process for the enabling works for the ceded site on Eccles Street has commenced. This work is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2010 subject to planning permission being secured.

The HSE have indicated that the capital development cost of the hospital will be approximately €750m. It is intended that €400m of this funding will be provided from the Exchequer for the hospital build. The remainder will be raised from other sources, including philanthropic contributions. To date, €21.8m has been expended on the project. I am very pleased to note that the planning of the new hospital is proceeding on schedule and due to be operational by the end of 2014.

Departmental Bodies

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

106 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health and Children the details and outcome of the past three reviews by her Department’s governance support division of compliance by her Department’s State bodies with the code of practice, in particular to name the State bodies that have not achieved full compliance; the reason for same; the action taken by her; the results of same. [24390/10]

Agencies established under the remit of my Department are required to comply with this Department's Frameworks for Corporate and Financial Governance. The two Frameworks (one for regulatory bodies under the aegis of my Department and one for the agencies funded by the Department) are supplementary to statutory requirements and to Government approved guidelines including the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

All Agencies meet their legal and financial obligations with regard to control, compliance and internal risk processes linked to their requirements to publish Audited Accounts. Broader agency best practice relating to non statutory governance provisions are in place to varying but increasingly improved standards. Officials of my Department ensure that the Frameworks for health sector agencies is adhered to by monitoring progress on an ongoing basis.

Mental Health Services

Alan Shatter

Question:

107 Deputy Alan Shatter asked the Minister for Health and Children the steps, if any, taken by her with regard to concerns expressed to her about the alleged substandard consultant and management within the Brothers of Charity southern service, child and adolescent mental health services; if her attention has been drawn to the reason for the Health Service Executive engaging a recruitment agency to employ on a short-term basis a number of professionals to form a multidisciplinary team to undertake the assessment of children on the waiting list of south Lee team A; if she has investigated the reason the waiting list is currently three years despite there being no such waiting list in the neighbouring geographic area of south Lee team B; the number of psychologists or others who have reported to her that there are serious clinical and managerial inadequacies in the provision of this service; and the further reason nothing has happened for a period of 12 months to resolve this problem to the detriment of the children on the waiting lists in need of mental health services. [24397/10]

The Health Service Executive and the Mental Health Commission have been asked to investigate the issues raised by the Deputy as a matter of urgency. I will revert to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Child Abuse

Alan Shatter

Question:

108 Deputy Alan Shatter asked the Minister for Health and Children if her attention has been drawn to the fact that individuals acting as children’s officers in local sports clubs are concerned that should they make any report of possible abuse of a child to the Health Service Executive in accordance with the child protection guidelines, there is no certainty that any such report made by them will be followed up; there is no structure in place to inform them of the action taken pursuant to any such report made; there is widespread concern that as a consequence of the HSE failing to properly assess or follow up children at risk they could in future years be held responsible for the failings of the HSE. [24398/10]

The Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children clearly state that the Children and Family Social Services of the HSE should always be informed when a person has reasonable grounds for concern that a child may have been abused, or is being abused, or is at risk of abuse. The ability of the Children and Family Social Services of the HSE or An Garda Síochána to assess suspicions or allegations of child abuse will depend on the amount and quality of information conveyed to them by the people reporting concerns. It is critical that there is a clear understanding of professional and legal responsibilities with regard to confidentiality and the exchange of information. The Children First Guidelines state that “all information regarding concern or assessment of child abuse should be shared on ‘a need to know’ basis in the interests of the child”.

The Protections for Persons reporting Child Abuse Act, 1998 makes provision for the protection from civil liability of persons who have communicated child abuse ‘reasonably and in good faith' to designated officers of the HSE or to any member of An Garda Síochána. This protection applies to organisations as well as to individuals. This means that even if a communicated suspicion of child abuse proves unfounded, a plaintiff who took an action would have to prove that the person who communicated the concern had not acted reasonably and in good faith in making the report.

I am currently finalising proposals for Government in which I will set out a framework for improved implementation of the Children First Guidelines. The framework will take into account the position of sports clubs and other voluntary organisations working with children. The purpose will be to ensure that the Guidelines are effectively and consistently implemented across each sector, supported by a particular focus on inspection and audit of compliance.

Community Welfare

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

109 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason for the refusal by the community welfare officer of further assistance to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 16. [24432/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Medical Cards

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

110 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 20 has been granted a medical card. [24433/10]

As indicated to the Deputy in my previous responses, it was not possible to answer the original questions due to industrial action. This industrial action currently remains in place and continues to affect the provision of substantive replies to certain Parliamentary Questions. If the matter raised continues to be of concern, it will be necessary for the Deputy to resubmit the original question again when the current industrial action has been resolved.

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Michael Moynihan

Question:

111 Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health and Children when a decision will issue on an application for the nursing home support scheme in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Limerick. [24437/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Health Services

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

112 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children if home help or assistance from a district nurse will be offered to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare. [24438/10]

I regret that due to industrial action I am not in a position to provide a substantive response to your Parliamentary Question. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Deirdre Clune

Question:

113 Deputy Deirdre Clune asked the Minister for Health and Children the budget provided for the home help scheme for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 in tabular form; the number of home helps employed; the number of home help hours provided for these years on a county basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24520/10]

The information in relation to the Home Help service, currently available within my Department, is set out in the following table.

Activity

2006

2007

2008

2009

Number clients in receipt of Home Help Service at year end

49,578

54,736

55,366

53,791

Hours Provided

10.8m

11.78m

11.96m

11.97m

Funding €m

185.4

206.4

211

211

The HSE Service Plan 2010 commits the Executive to provide 11.98 million Home Help hours this year. The funding available for this service in 2010 is unchanged from 2009 i.e. €211 million. I wish to advise the Deputy that, due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive, it is not possible for the Executive to supply the other detailed information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Deirdre Clune

Question:

114 Deputy Deirdre Clune asked the Minister for Health and Children the budget provided in the south Lee area for the home help scheme for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010; the number of home helps employed; the number of home help hours provided in the south Lee area for each of these years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24521/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Care of the Elderly

Deirdre Clune

Question:

115 Deputy Deirdre Clune asked the Minister for Health and Children the supports that are available for families who look after Alzheimer’s suffers; if there are any plans to provide extra resources to this area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24522/10]

I regret that due to industrial action I am not in a position to provide a substantive response to your Parliamentary Question. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Health Services

Bernard Allen

Question:

116 Deputy Bernard Allen asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [24542/10]

I regret that due to industrial action I am not in a position to provide a substantive response to your Parliamentary Question. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Jim O'Keeffe

Question:

117 Deputy Jim O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of patients on orthopaedic waiting lists at Cork University Hospital for consultant appointments and surgical procedures; and the steps proposed to deal with delays. [24556/10]

I regret that due to industrial action I am not in a position to provide a substantive response to your Parliamentary Question. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with the HSE again in due course.

Mental Health Services

Charles Flanagan

Question:

118 Deputy Charles Flanagan asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 209 of 9 March 2010, if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the child psychiatry service in counties Laois and Offaly is currently suspended to all routine referrals, due to a backlog in work and very limited resources; the number of referrals on the waiting list; the number of persons who have been informed that they cannot be placed on the waiting list; the steps she proposes to take to deal with this issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24557/10]

Charles Flanagan

Question:

119 Deputy Charles Flanagan asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 209 of 9 March 2010 regarding child psychiatry services in counties Laois and Offaly and the backlog of work and very limited resources, if she is now in a position to reply thereto. [24558/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 118 and 119 together.

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Departmental Bodies

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

120 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health and Children the arrangements that are in place to implement policy in relation to determining and approving the remuneration of each chief executive officer and managing director under the auspices of her Department; the salary of each such chief executive officer and managing director; if such arrangements have been breached in the past three years and the person involved; if she has taken any action; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24601/10]

My Department approves the remuneration of CEOs of the State-sponsored bodies under its aegis and, from time to time, notifies the bodies concerned of adjustments resulting from the terms of national pay agreements and, where applicable, recommendations of the Review Body on Higher Remuneration in the Public Sector. In January of this year, the Department conveyed detailed instructions to its non-commercial State-sponsored bodies on the application of pay reductions to Chief Executive Officers of such bodies with effect from 1 January 2010 in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No. 2) Act 2009 (No. 41 of 2009).

My Department's agencies are required to comply with the Department's Frameworks for Corporate and Financial Governance. The two Frameworks (one for regulatory bodies under the aegis of my Department and one for the agencies funded by the Department) are supplementary to statutory requirements and to Government approved guidelines including the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

Specifically, the Code of Practice requires Chairpersons and Boards of all State bodies to implement Government policy in relation to the total remuneration of the Chief Executive/Managing Director. Arrangements put in place by a relevant Department or the Department of Finance for determining and approving the remuneration of the Chief Executive/Managing Director must also be implemented and adhered to. The review and appraisal of the degree of compliance with legislation and with requirements centrally (e.g. by Government, the Department of Fiance and my Department) is included in the objectives of an Agency's internal audit function as set out in my Department's Frameworks for Corporate and Financial Governance.

Officials of my Department ensure that the Frameworks for health sector agencies are adhered to by monitoring progress on an ongoing basis.

Over the past three years, my Department has dealt with two specific cases where it came to light that the ceo of an agency under its aegis was being paid a higher basic salary than the approved rate. In the first case (National Treatment Purchase Fund), the position was subsequently regularised with the approval of the Department of Finance. In the other case (National Cancer Screening Service), the matter has yet to be brought to finality.

A table outlining the salaries of the CEOs is currently being prepared and will be forwarded to the Deputy at the earliest opportunity.

Departmental Expenditure

Mary Upton

Question:

121 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Health and Children if additional funding has been allocated to Beechpark Services for approved schools; the number of schools; which approved schools are included; and if a timeline has been set for approved schools including a school (details supplied) in Dublin 6 to move forward. [24607/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Brendan Howlin

Question:

122 Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Health and Children if her attention has been drawn to the fact that patients in the south east, including a person (details supplied) must wait two to three years for an appointment with a hospital-based orthopaedic consultant; her views on whether this constitutes an acceptable level of service for patients who are often in severe pain and sometimes immobilised with orthopaedic complaints; the steps that are being taken by her and the Health Service Executive to ensure that this service is substantially improved without delay; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24615/10]

The management of out-patient waiting lists is a matter for the HSE and the individual hospitals concerned.

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Michael Ring

Question:

123 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon will be called for a procedure. [24616/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested.

However, I would like to advise the Deputy that the scheduling of patients for hospital treatment is a matter for the consultant concerned in each case and is determined on the basis of clinical need. Should the patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warrants an earlier appointment, he/she would be in the best position to take the matter up with the consultant involved.

Adoption Services

Michael McGrath

Question:

124 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the review of the Helping Hands Adoption Agency; and when she expects the review to be completed. [24622/10]

The matters raised by the Deputy relate to an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Adoption Board which is an independent quasi judicial statutory body. I have asked the Board to consider these issues with a view to providing the information requested directly to the Deputy.

Hospital Staff

Joe McHugh

Question:

125 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will deploy graduate-employment programmes for graduate nursing staff at Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal, in view of the fact that there is a shortage of nursing staff at Letterkenny General Hospital and that the Health Service Executive spent €15.6 million on the education of nurses at Letterkenny Institute of Technology in 2004 to 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24637/10]

This year, the HSE is required to achieve a net reduction of 1,520 (or 1.4%) in its employment levels. Corresponding reductions will be required in 2011 and 2012 to achieve an overall reduction of 6,000 between March 2009 and December 2012. These reductions are an essential and unavoidable part of the measures being taken by the Government to address the gap between revenue and expenditure.

While there is provision in the HSE's Employment Control Framework for some exemptions and exceptions these are limited because of the need to achieve the required payroll savings. The alternative would be to reduce services in order to secure the necessary expenditure reductions which I assume the Deputy would not favour.

I recognise that the employment controls introduced by the Government will obviously impact on newly qualified nurses. However, the only way to ensure we have a sustainable health service in the future is to take firm action now to address the budgetary imbalance.

Health Services

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

126 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason home help hours have been reduced to two hours per week in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan; and if she will intervene in this case in view of the fact that the person has no family living in Ireland and is dependent on home help for assistance with day to day chores. [24643/10]

I regret that due to industrial action I am not in a position to provide a substantive response to your Parliamentary Question. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

127 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will consider correspondence regarding a person (details supplied); if the needs assessment which is required will be expedited by the Health Service Executive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24659/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Róisín Shortall

Question:

128 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason the valuation of property is valued as of the date of transfer rather than the present day valuation in respect of the fair deal scheme and in the case of the family home being transferred to a family member within the past five years; her views on whether this is fair; and the statutory basis for same. [24661/10]

The five year anti-avoidance mechanism is necessary in order to ensure that the scheme is fair to all and financially sustainable. The inclusion of transferred assets in the financial assessment is not a new measure. Transferred assets were also taken into account under the Subvention Scheme which was introduced by way of Regulations in 1993 and established in primary legislation in the Health (Nursing Homes) (Amendment) Act 2007.

Transferred assets are taken into account under the financial assessment using the valuation at date of transfer because this is the amount that could have been realised from the sale of the asset at the time. The financial sustainability of the scheme is underpinned by the principle that applicants will contribute according to their means, which includes a percentage of their assets. To allow the transfer of assets prior to application would therefore undermine the entire scheme. The legal provision is contained in Schedule 1 of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009.

Medical Cards

Beverley Flynn

Question:

129 Deputy Beverley Flynn asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 2 has not yet received notification of whether their renewal application for a medical card has been successful. [24682/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Health Service Staff

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

130 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health and Children if a second dermatologist has been appointed in the mid-west; if not, when the embargo of that post will be lifted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24690/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Hospital Services

Olwyn Enright

Question:

131 Deputy Olwyn Enright asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will receive an appointment at the Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24693/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would like to invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Accident and Emergency Services

Richard Bruton

Question:

132 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Health and Children her views on waiving the accident and emergency charge for persons who attend A&E as a result of being victims of crime; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24786/10]

The Health (Out-Patient Charges) (Amendment) Regulations, 2008, provide for a statutory charge of €100 for attendance at Accident and Emergency Departments. This charge is levied only for persons who attend at Accident and Emergency Departments without a referral note from their doctor and applies only for the first visit of any episode of care. This applies to everyone receiving treatment in a public hospital with the exception of, inter alia, persons with full eligibility, women receiving services in respect of motherhood, children up to the age of six weeks and children suffering from prescribed long term diseases.

There are no plans at present to exempt any further category of persons from the A&E charge.

Hospital Services

Mary Wallace

Question:

133 Deputy Mary Wallace asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason that the car park at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 has a parking ticket and clamping system in operation (details supplied); if she will raise the issue with the Health Service Executive with a view to considering a barrier system where persons pay at the barrier when exiting the hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24790/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would like to invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Willie Penrose

Question:

134 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health and Children the steps she will take to have a person (details supplied) admitted for treatment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24829/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive it is not possible for the Executive to supply the information requested. If this matter remains of continuing concern to you, however, I would invite you to raise it with me again in due course.

Road Network

Michael Creed

Question:

135 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Transport the financial allocation to each local authority for road maintenance on a per kilometre basis for each of the past ten years in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24298/10]

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities own resources supplemented by State road grants paid by my Department.The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority.

Regional and local road grants are allocated under a number of grant categories. The maintenance grant categories are the discretionary maintenance and restoration maintenance grants and these are calculated by reference to length of road. Funding is also provided to local authorities under a number of other grant categories such as Improvement Grants, Strategic Grants, Specific Improvement Grants and Low Cost Safety Improvement Grants. Greater flexibility was given to local authorities in 2010 in the use of Improvement Grant monies.

Details of the grant allocations per kilometre to each county council under these maintenance grant categories, for each of the past ten years, are set out in the table below.

Table: Allocation per km for maintenance grants for regional and local roads

LOCAL AUTHORITY

2001 allocation

2002 allocation

2003 allocation

2004 allocation

2005 allocation

Carlow County Council

592

819

819

909

975

Cavan County Council

613

848

848

909

975

Clare County Council

611

846

846

909

975

Cork County Council

617

854

854

909

975

Donegal County Council

614

850

850

909

975

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

1,129

1,561

1,561

1,817

1,948

Fingal County Council

863

1,195

1,195

1,364

1,463

Galway County Council

615

851

851

909

975

Kerry County Council

616

853

853

909

975

Kildare County Council

615

852

852

910

975

Kilkenny County Council

616

853

853

909

975

Laois County Council

608

841

841

909

975

Leitrim County Council

633

877

877

909

975

Limerick County Council

614

850

850

909

975

Longford County Council

598

827

827

909

975

Louth County Council

616

853

853

909

975

Mayo County Council

605

837

837

909

975

Meath County Council

612

848

848

909

975

Monaghan County Council

614

850

850

909

975

North Tipperary County Council

622

861

861

909

975

Offaly County Council

583

807

807

909

975

Roscommon County Council

663

917

917

909

975

Sligo County Council

629

870

870

909

975

South Dublin County Council

826

1,144

1,144

1,364

1,462

South Tipperary County Council

609

842

842

909

975

Waterford County Council

623

862

862

909

975

Westmeath County Council

614

850

850

909

975

Wexford County Council

618

856

856

909

975

Wicklow County Council

610

844

844

909

975

LOCAL AUTHORITY

2006 allocation

2007 allocation

2008 allocation

2009 allocation

2010 allocation

Carlow County Council

1,166

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Cavan County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Clare County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Cork County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Donegal County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

2,328

2,483

2,572

2,572

2,492

Fingal County Council

1,748

1,863

1,931

1,931

1,871

Galway County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Kerry County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Kildare County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Kilkenny County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Laois County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Leitrim County Council

1,165

1,243

1,287

1,287

1,247

Limerick County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Longford County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Louth County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Mayo County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Meath County Council

1,165

1,242

1,288

1,288

1,247

Monaghan County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

North Tipperary County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Offaly County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Roscommon County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Sligo County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

South Dublin County Council

1,747

1,862

1,929

1,929

1,870

South Tipperary County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Waterford County Council

1,165

1,242

1,287

1,287

1,247

Westmeath County Council

1,165

1,242

1,286

1,286

1,247

Wexford County Council

1,165

1,242