Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Ceisteanna (39)

Anthony Lawlor

Ceist:

39. Deputy Anthony Lawlor asked the Minister for Finance the number of licensed gaming machines that are currently in operation here; the revenue generated to the State from these machines; his plans to increase the level of the licence fee for gaming machines to a comparable level as that in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23878/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners, who are responsible for issuing gaming machine licences, that the number of licensed gaming machines currently in operation is 1,672 and the revenue to the State generated from these machines is €765,160. These figures refer to licences of up to 1 year and licences of up to 3 months and the current rate of duty on these licences is €505 and €145, respectively. As there is no set licensing year for gaming machines, the numbers above relate only to machines licensed at close of business on 29th May 2014 and do not include recently expired licences which operators may be in the process of renewing.

It is not possible to compare the licence fees applicable to gaming machines in the State with those applying in Northern Ireland as the licensing and duty arrangements differ between the two jurisdictions.  In particular, in Northern Ireland the operator pays machine gaming duty which is chargeable on the total net takings from his or her dutiable gaming machines rather than a fixed amount per machine.