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Ministerial Appointments

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 18 September 2013

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Questions (188, 189, 190)

Kevin Humphreys

Question:

188. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide a list of all bodies, boards or committees under the remit of his Department to which ministerial appointments are made; the statutory provision providing for the making of such appointments in each case; the annual allowances or other payments made to the chairperson; the annual allowance or other payment made to an ordinary member; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37493/13]

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Kevin Humphreys

Question:

189. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide a list of the boards, bodies or committees under the remit of his Department where there is currently a vacancy to be filled by ministerial appointment; if so, if the vacancy relates to the chairperson or an ordinary member or members, specifying the number of vacancies in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37508/13]

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Kevin Humphreys

Question:

190. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide a list of the bodies, boards or committees under the remit of his Department where there is anticipated to be a vacancy within the next six months to be filled by ministerial appointment; if so, if the anticipated vacancy relates to the chairperson or an ordinary member or members, specifying the number of anticipated vacancies in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37523/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 to 190, inclusive, together.

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following table:

Name of Body

Statutory provision for making appointments

Annual allowance or other payments paid to chairperson / annual allowance or other payment made to ordinary member

Current vacancies to be filled by ministerial appointment / vacancy is for chairperson or ordinary member

Anticipated vacancies in next six months to be filled by ministerial appointments

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council

Fiscal Responsibility Act 2012

With effect from 1 July 2012, the fees payable to Council Members are based on those payable to Directors of Category 2 Non-Commercial State-Sponsored Bodies, which are set from time to time by the Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform. The relevant fees are €20,520 for the Chair and €11,970 for Members. The fees are not payable to members of the Irish public service.

None

None

The Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal

The Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal requires its Chairperson and Members to be appointed by the Minister for Finance after nomination by the Minister for Health.

Chairperson and Members are appointed under S.I. 496/2004, Disabled Drivers and Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme Regulations 2004, as amended.

The Chairperson, who is a Consultant in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, is paid their consultant salary of €178,593 through a subhead in the Finance Vote. A fee of €600 is paid to Members of the Appeal Board per sitting, where a number of appeals are heard, and those fees are also paid from the Vote.

None

None

National Asset Management Agency Board

National Asset Management Agency Act 2009 – section 19

Chairperson:€150,000 per annum

Ordinary Member: €60,000 per annum

With the exception of one ordinary member (who is also Chairperson of the Credit Committee) who receives €75,000 per annum.

3 members (the Chief Executives of the NTMA and NAMA who are ex officio members and another member of the NAMA Executive, as an Executive Board Member) receive no fees in respect of their membership

Currently, 1 ordinary member vacancy

3 ordinary member initial terms due to expire in December 2013.

Credit Union Advisory Committee

Appointed by the Minister for Finance under Section 180 of the Credit Union Act 1997

Annual allowance of €3,705 for Chairman and €2,470 for ordinary member.

7 (1 Chairman and 6 ordinary members)

None

ReBo (Credit Union Restructuring Board)

Credit Union and Co-operation with Overseas Regulators Act 2012

Fees are €11,970 per annum to the Chair and €7,695 per annum to ordinary members. No fees are paid to Department of Finance or Central Bank representative.

No current vacancies

No anticipated vacancies

Central Bank Commission

In accordance with the provisions of 18CA of the Central Bank Act 1942, the Central Bank Commission comprises the Governor (Chairman), the Deputy Governor (Financial Regulation), the Deputy Governor (Central Banking), the Secretary General of the Department of Finance and at least 6 but no more than 8, other members appointed by the Commission.

There are currently 5 “other” members appointed to the Commission by the Minister

The Governor, as chairman of the Commission is not paid an annual fee in that capacity. Ex officio members of the Commission do not receive a fee in respect of their membership of the Commission. The annual fee for ordinary members of the Commission is €14,936.

Section 18CA (b) provides that the Commission must comprise at least 6 but no more than 8 members appointed by the Minister. The Commission currently comprises 5 members appointed by the Minister. There are currently a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 vacancies on the Central Bank Commission. None of the vacancies relate to the chairman. All vacancies relate to ordinary members

As one ordinary member’s term is due to expire on 30 September a further vacancy does arise.

Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal (IFSAT)

Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland Act 2003

The members of IFSAT are entitled to the remuneration and conditions of services determined by the President of Ireland on the day of the advice of Government pursuant to Schedule 5 as inserted by Section 33 of the Central Bank and Financial Services of Ireland Act 2003 as follows:

Sitting days: 1.Chairperson €584.00

2. Deputy Chairperson €450.00

3. Lay members €416.00

In addition the Chairperson is to be paid an administrative fee of €584.00 per day for one day a month in respect of his statutory administrative functions

The term on the current Tribunal has expired. A new Tribunal is to be appointed by the President on the nomination of the Government.

The term on the current Tribunal has expired. A new Tribunal is to be appointed by the President on the nomination of the Government.

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) Advisory

Committee

National Treasury Management Agency Act 1990, Section 9, Second Schedule

Chairperson: €45,000 per annum

Ordinary Member: €22,500 per annum

Secretary General of the Department of Finance receives no fee in respect of his membership.

3 current vacancies including Chairperson

1 ordinary member’s term due to expire in December 2013

State Claims Policy Committee

National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Act 2000, Section 12 (1)

Chairperson: €13,713 per annum

Ordinary Member: €9,142 per annum

2 members (serving civil servants) received no fees in respect of their membership (one of these members replaced the other as a member during the year).

1 member waived their fee.

None

None

National Pension Reserve Fund (NPRF) Commission

National Pensions Reserve Fund Act 2000 Section 7(3)

Chairperson: €51,424 per annum

Ordinary Member: €34,283 per annum

The Chief Executive of the NTMA as an ex officio member receives no fee in respect of his membership.

1 current vacancy ordinary Member

2 ordinary member’s terms due to expire in January 2014

National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) Board

National Development Finance Agency Act 2002 Section 12(4)

Chairperson: The Chief Executive of the NTMA is Chairperson of the NDFA. As an ex-officio member he receives no fee in respect of his membership.

Ordinary Member: €12,600 per annum

The Chief Executive of the NDFA receives no fee in respect of his membership.

Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform receives no fee in respect of his membership.

1 ordinary member waived their fee.

3 current vacancies – ordinary members.

None

Investor Compensation Company Limited

Section 18 of the

Investor Compensation Act, 1998 (as amended) ‘the Act’ – Directors of Company.

385/2005 Investor Compensation Act, 1998 (Section 18(4)) (Prescription of Bodies & Individuals) (Amendment) Regulations, 2005.

570/2004 Investor Compensation Act, 1998 (Section 18(4)) (Prescription of Bodies & Individuals) (Amendment) Regulations, 2004.

In Accordance with section 18(5) of the Act, the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson are appointed by the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland.

Chairperson €31,500 per annum.

Deputy Chairperson €15,750 per annum.

Ordinary Director €8,550 per annum

None

None

Financial Services Ombudsman Council

The Central Bank Act 1942 (as amended)

5 members each receive €12,600 per annum and one member the chairperson receives €21,600 per annum

None

Term of 6 current members of FSOC expires on 28 October 2013

Revenue Commissioners

Statutory Instrument No. 2/1923 – Revenue Commissioners Order, 1923

The Revenue Commissioners are appointed by the Taoiseach following a TLAC competition

Full time employed positions:

Chairman of the Commissioners - Salary Level: Secretary General Level 1

2 Commissioners – Salary Level: Secretary General Level 3

None

None

Appeal Commissioners

Section 850 Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997.

The Appeal Commissioners are appointed by the Minister for Finance

Full time employed positions:

There are 2 Appeals Commissioners – Assistant Secretary Salary Plan

None

None

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