Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (202)

Finian McGrath

Question:

334 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if he will include CORI justice commission policy recommendations (details supplied) in all policy areas within his Department. [25739/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

The position is that the policies being pursued by the Government in the area of taxation are as set out in the relevant provisions of the Government programme, An Agreed Programme for Government, and the current national partnership agreement, Sustaining Progress. In this regard, the Conference of Religious in Ireland, CORI, was one of the organisations in the community and voluntary pillar which was a party to the Sustaining Progress agreement.

I met yesterday with representatives of the community and voluntary pillar, including CORI, in the context of pre-budget submissions. I am aware of their suggestions and concerns and I will bear them in mind, as with other pre-budget submissions, in my policy deliberations.