Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (215, 223)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

215. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Finance if Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann are both included in the fuel rebate scheme for bus and coach operators under the 2013 Finance Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10154/13]

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Paul Connaughton

Question:

223. Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for Finance if he will consider extending the fuel rebate offered to coach operators to livestock hauliers in view of the importance of the cattle trade and in particular the live export trade, to maintain healthy competition within the sector and also to help ensure that these small family-run businesses can continue to operate and provide this vital service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10239/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 215 and 223 together.

The proposal to introduce an auto-diesel excise duty relief for licensed road hauliers that I announced in the Budget was, initially, confined to licensed and tax compliant hauliers.

Deputies will now be aware that I have extended the relief to the licensed passenger transport sector which would include Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann in the context of the Finance Bill published on 13 February. The maximum amount of the relief will be 7.5 cents per litre and will be price dependent.