Question No. 343 answered with Question No. 329.

Home Help Service Provision

Ceisteanna (344)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

344. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 239 of 25 October 2012, when he will furnish a reply to the issues raised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49300/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I wish to advise the Deputy that the Health Service Executive has 15 working days from the date a question is asked to reply to the Deputy. In relation to Parliamentary Question No. 239, a reply is due by 15th November 2012.

Departmental Bodies

Question No. 346 answered with Question No. 337.

Ceisteanna (345)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

345. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health if he will provide in a tabular form the total list of quasi-governmental organisations and agencies under his remit; if he will provide a list of quasi-governmental organisations and agencies under his remit that have been abolished since March 2011 or are scheduled to be abolished and the date on which they are due to be abolished; the date on which the body was created; the name of the body; the 2012 budget for the body; the number of employees of the body in 2012; the names of any outside consultants hired by the organisation since March 2011 and what future plans he has for the body. [49314/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The information requested is currently being collated and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is available.

Question No. 346 answered with Question No. 337.

Primary Care Centres Provision

Ceisteanna (347)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

347. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health if he will provide in full detail the process for the awarding of the contract for a primary care centre (details supplied) in County Dublin; if the latest contract was agreed as a result of a fully competitive tendering process; the detail of same; the current stage of development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49330/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The management and delivery of the health infrastructure programme is a service issue. Therefore your question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Medical Card Applications

Ceisteanna (348)

Tom Fleming

Ceist:

348. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Health the position regarding an emergency medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49353/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Food Safety Authority Inspections

Ceisteanna (349, 350)

Damien English

Ceist:

349. Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Health if he will provide in tabular form the total number of inspections by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and or the Health Service Executive for checking temperature records/storage facilities/food traceability scales in 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; the number of compliant inspections; the number of cases brought and the number of convictions as a result of these cases; if he will outline the total cost of these inspections for each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49359/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Damien English

Ceist:

350. Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Health if he will provide in tabular form the total number of inspections by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and or the Health Service Executive for the taking and testing of food samples in 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; the number of compliant inspections; the number of cases brought and the number of convictions as a result of these cases; the total cost of these inspections for each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49363/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 349 and 350 together.

The information requested by the deputy is currently being collated by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI). I will arrange for the FSAI to contact the deputy directly when this information becomes available.

Drugs Payment Scheme Administration

Ceisteanna (351)

Anne Ferris

Ceist:

351. Deputy Anne Ferris asked the Minister for Health the position regarding drug reimbursement in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49369/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The HSE has been asked to examine this case as a matter of urgency and to reply to the Deputy.

Public Sector Pensions Expenditure

Ceisteanna (352)

Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

352. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Health if he will provide in tabular form the number of public servants in receipt of annual gross public sector pensions of between 0 to 10,000 euro, 10,001 to 20,000 euro, 20,001 to 30,000 euro, 30,001 to 40,000 euro, 40,001 to 50,000 euro, 50,001 to 60,000 euro, 60,001 to 70,000 euro, 70,001 to 80,000 euro, 80,000 to 90,000, 90,000 to 100,000 euro, 100,001 to 110,000 euro, 110,001 to 120,000 euro, 120,001 to 130,000 euro, 130,001 to 140,000 euro, 140,001 to 150,000 euro, 150,001 to 160,000 euro, 160,001 and above; and if these figures include local authorities, vocational educational committees, commercial semi State companies, non-commercial State agencies/bodies public sector retirees. [49826/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Health Service Executive, has been asked to collate the data sought as soon as possible and to provide it directly to the Deputy.

The information in relation to the Non-Commercial State Agencies under the aegis of my Department is currently being collated and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is available.

Museum Projects

Ceisteanna (353)

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

353. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to establish a national sports museum / hall of fame; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49126/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I believe that a sports museum would be an excellent addition to Ireland's sporting and cultural experience and  has the potential to attract widespread public interest. A committee, which is being chaired by Minister of State Michael Ring, has been established to examine the feasibility of developing a Museum of Irish Sport. The first meeting of the committee took place on 24th October.  

Departmental Expenditure

Ceisteanna (354)

Seán Fleming

Ceist:

354. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the gross and net additional expenditure savings that his Department is seeking to achieve in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49248/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The expenditure provisions for my Department are set out in Vote 31 as published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.  This year, my Department’s Gross Vote allocation is €2,041m made up of €796m Current and €1,245m Capital expenditure. My Department's Net Vote allocation is €1,591m made up of €630m Current and €961m Capital expenditure. In addition, sanction was also provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for my Department to carry over of €8.7m for capital expenditure.

My Department has already indicated to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform expenditure cuts in the region of €49m in 2013, balanced by a contractually committed increase of almost €20m in the cost of the Coast Guard’s contract for the provision of Search and Rescue Helicopter services.  As part of the Estimates and budgetary process, my Department is consulting with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to 2013 allocations. It would not be appropriate for me to comment further at this stage on the specifics of savings that may or may not be achieved in 2013 pending the outcome of these deliberative processes.

Departmental Bodies

Ceisteanna (355)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

355. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide in a tabular form the total list of quasi-governmental organisations and agencies under his remit; if he will provide a list of quasi-governmental organisations and agencies under his remit that have been abolished since March 2011 or are scheduled to be abolished and the date on which they are due to be abolished; the date on which the body was created; the name of the body; the 2012 budget for the body; the number of employees of the body in 2012; the names of any outside consultants hired by the organisation since March 2011 and what future plans he has for the body. [49319/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The Deputy will find a list of all agencies under the aegis of my Department on the Department's website www.dttas.ie . Since my appointment as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, no bodies have been abolished. However six Public Bodies have been merged. The merger of Dublin Tourism with its parent body  - Fáilte Ireland - is de facto complete. Coaching Ireland has been subsumed into the Irish Sports Council. The Government decided in May 2012 that Shannon Development’s tourism functions should transfer to Fáilte Ireland. Planning and preparations for this transfer are underway.

Dundalk Port Company was merged with Dublin Port Company on 12 July 2011.  Tralee and Fenit Harbour Authority transferred to the control of Kerry County Council with effect from 1 October 2011.  Baltimore and Skibbereen Harbour and Kinsale Harbour transferred to the control of Cork County Council, while Arklow Harbour transferred to the control of Wicklow County Council, with effect from 1st January 2012. The  Board of Harbour Commissioners ceased to exist in each case.The current intention is that the last remaining harbour under the auspices of my Department, Bantry Bay, will be transferred to a more appropriate governance framework over the course of the next year.

The Public Service Reform Plan (http://reformplan.per.gov.ie/) sets out full details of all agencies, including those under the aegis of my Department, which are to be rationalised in 2012 and 2013 and also those which are subject to critical review.  An update on progress with the rationalisation of the State agencies as of 31 October 2012 is available on the website of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. (www.per.gov.ie )

The funding provided to agencies under the aegis of my Department is set out in the Revised Estimates for Public Expenditure 2012 and can be found on the Department of Public Expenditure and reform website (http://per.gov.ie/estpubexp2012/). Financial details in relation to the commercial State agencies can be found in the annual report of the relevant agency.

I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the various State agencies under my Department's aegis regarding the number of employees in each agency and details of consultants hired by them. If the Deputy does not receive a reply from the agencies within ten working days, please advise my private office.

Public Sector Pensions Expenditure

Ceisteanna (356)

Mary Lou McDonald

Ceist:

356. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide in tabular form the number of public servants in receipt of annual gross public sector pensions of between 0 to 10,000 euro, 10,001 to 20,000 euro, 20,001 to 30,000 euro, 30,001 to 40,000 euro, 40,001 to 50,000 euro, 50,001 to 60,000 euro, 60,001 to 70,000 euro, 70,001 to 80,000 euro, 80,000 to 90,000, 90,000 to 100,000 euro, 100,001 to 110,000 euro, 110,001 to 120,000 euro, 120,001 to 130,000 euro, 130,001 to 140,000 euro, 140,001 to 150,000 euro, 150,001 to 160,000 euro, 160,001 and above; and if these figures include local authorities, vocational educational committees, commercial semi State companies, non-commercial State agencies/bodies public sector retirees. [49830/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

Information in relation to pensions of civil servants that were employed in my Department will be provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. I have asked the State Agencies under the aegis of my Department to provide the Deputy with the information requested. If you do not receive a reply from the agencies within 10 working days please advise my private office.