Written questions are published as received from Departments.

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Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Legislative Measures
Seán Fleming

1. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the legislative provisions in respect of his Department that have been passed by the Oireachtas but have not come into effect to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23710/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Public Private Partnerships Cost
Mary Lou McDonald

2. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the role of PPP financing in the phase 4 infrastructure stimulus projects he announced on 13 May 2014; if such PPP contracts will be subject to value for money auditing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23674/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Public Sector Staff Recruitment
Richard Boyd Barrett

3. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will lift the public sector recruitment embargo; his views on whether staff shortages in areas such as the health service, local government and associated services are now resulting in the unacceptable decline in the quality of those services; if he has carried out a cost-benefit analysis of the cost and efficiency of outsourcing across all Government Departments and State bodies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23815/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Budget 2014
Seán Fleming

4. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he is taking to ensure all expenditure measures announced in budget 2014 are implemented throughout Departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23711/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Haddington Road Agreement Negotiations
Mary Lou McDonald

5. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is considering or has had discussions to date on the proposal to restore all rights, entitlements and conditions that pertained prior to the Haddington Road agreement upon its expiry in July 2016. [23709/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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State Properties
Clare Daly

6. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the initiatives the Office of Public Works has undertaken to make empty State property and facilities available to local authorities to assist in dealing with the housing crisis. [23650/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Public Service Reform Plan Update
Catherine Murphy

7. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide an update on the progress toward achieving the specific sectoral targets contained in the public service reform plan; if the measures which have been implemented so far have served to address imbalances in the resource-to-population ratio in each of these sectors or if that specific issue has been exacerbated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23697/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Public Service Reform Plan Update
Seán Fleming

8. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of public service allowances currently in place; the current state of plans to review these allowances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23700/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Public Procurement Contracts
Seán Kyne

9. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will, in the context of the establishment of the office of public procurement, outline the measures that are being taken to maximise the participation in procurement of small and medium enterprises and local businesses which, while mindful of the European obligations, contribute enormously to local economies through the business secured from procurement contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23681/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Housing Finance Agency
Seán Fleming

10. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the State’s policy in respect of dividends from the Housing Finance Agency; if the policy has changed in recent times; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23699/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Public Procurement Contracts
Denis Naughten

11. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he is taking to assist local business in tendering for public contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23691/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Fiscal Policy
Bernard Durkan

12. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which he expects the targets laid down by the troika to be achieved by the end of the current year; if, in this context, he anticipates the possibility of using the principle of enhanced economic growth as a means of meeting the ongoing budgetary targets; if this is an option to prevent further cuts and is likely to be of greater benefit to the economy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23670/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Flood Risk Assessments
Denis Naughten

13. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he is taking to implement the recommendations in the Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht report on Shannon flooding published in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23690/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Severe Weather Events Expenditure
Éamon Ó Cuív

14. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of money approved by the Office of Public Works relating to the storm damage in January of this year; the amount of this money it is hoped to spend this year in repairing the damage caused and in preventative measures; the amount of this money approved for offshore islands; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23647/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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State Properties
Mick Wallace

15. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress made by his Department in identifying State-owned properties which could be used as emergency housing; the criteria by which a property is judged suitable for housing families; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23685/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Fiscal Policy
Bernard Durkan

16. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the degree to which he expects reductions in public expenditure, increased economic growth and-or reform to feature in 2015 while at the same time meeting the targets laid down by the troika; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23671/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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National Lottery Licence Sale
Seán Fleming

17. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is satisfied with the operating plans for the new national lottery licence is respect of protecting vulnerable persons from developing gambling problems; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23698/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Pension Levy
Joan Collins

18. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the PRD or pension levy, introduced in 2009 via the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009, will be abolished or revised to exclude workers earning less than €60,000 per annum. [23651/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Public Procurement Contracts
Clare Daly

19. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on whether the public sector procurement policies are playing a role in driving small companies out of business; and his plans to change them. [23649/14]

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

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Departmental Expenditure
Éamon Ó Cuív

20. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total expenditure to date this year on voted services; the way this compares with profied capital and current expenditure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23648/14]