Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (466)

Martin Ferris

Question:

583 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources who carried out the independent study of the 1992 fiscal terms governing oil and gas exploration; and if he will release the report to Dáil Éireann. [1105/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

In 2003 my Department engaged Mr. David Fox of David Fox Associates to undertake a study of fiscal terms for oil and gas exploration and production in Ireland and other countries. Mr. Fox reported his findings to my Department in October 2003. As the report contains data which is commercially sensitive no final decision as to publication has yet been taken.