191. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health when an oncology medicine (details supplied) will be made available to persons awaiting treatment for lung cancer; the reason for the delay in making the medicine available to persons and their clinicians in view of the fact that it has been approved and made available in over 20 European countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7706/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Medicinal Products Availability)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community drug schemes, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013.
In reaching a decision, the HSE examines all the evidence which may be relevant in its view for the decision and will take into account such expert opinions and recommendations which may have been sought by the HSE, including, for example, advice from ...

262. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding the effect of an allowance on payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7039/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Public Sector Pensions)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): It should be noted that the pension entitlements of each member of An Garda Síochána are calculated individually based on the particular service details of the individual.
Estimates of pension entitlements for members of An Garda Síochána are available from my Department on request through the Garda Pensions Administration Section, Financial Shared Services, Killarney, Co. Kerry. 
In relation to the specific circumstances outlined in ...

10. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the status of the work being carried out at Beaumont Hospital in respect of publishing a freedom of information disclosure log, as per the Freedom of Information Act 2014, on the hospital’s website; if this process will be expedited; the timeframe for completion; if he will direct the hospital to publish as much information as possible in an open and accessible manner on a routine basis outside of freedom of information; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6097/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Freedom of Information)

Deputy Alan Kelly: This is a very specific question. It asks the Minister the status of the work being carried out at Beaumont Hospital in respect of publishing a freedom of information disclosure log, as per the Freedom of Information Act 2014, on the hospital’s website; if this process will be expedited; the timeframe for completion; if he will direct the hospital to publish as much information as possible in an open and accessible manner on a routine basis outside of freedom of information; ...

87. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health when the HPV vaccine is to be extended to boys; when the report of the health technology assessment being carried out by HIQA in respect of the HPV vaccine for boys will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6096/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Vaccination Programme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The immunisation programme in Ireland is based on the advice of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC). NIAC is a committee of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland comprising of experts in a number of specialties including infectious diseases, paediatrics and public health. The committee’s recommendations are informed by public health advice and international best practice. All relevant and appropriate information is taken into acc...

94. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason there has been more than several dozen boxes of documentation provided to the Charleton tribunal by his Department and An Garda Síochána since November 2017; and the actions he is he taking over the perceived non-co-operation with the tribunal. (Question 5413/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Tribunals of Inquiry)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Let me be very clear from the start that I am not aware of and cannot comment on the volume of material that has been made available to the Disclosures Tribunal by An Garda Síochána.  As the Deputy is aware, the Garda Síochána are independently represented before the Disclosures Tribunal and I have no function in that matter.  It would be entirely inappropriate for me, therefore, to comment upon or interfere with the way with another p...

152. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Finance the sterling to euro exchange rate applicable to the declaration of foreign salary received by a person on 23 October 2017 for the purposes of completing the Revenue Commissioners’ form 12 process online; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5920/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Revenue Commissioners Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am informed that Revenue publishes the Annual Average Euro Reference Exchange Rates, as supplied by the Central Bank, annually by way of an eBrief. The annual average sterling to euro exchange rate for 2017 was GBP £1 = €1.14068. Where income is received on a particular date, the taxpayer may choose to use the daily exchange rate for that date, as supplied by the Central Bank. The sterling to euro exchange rate for 23 October 2017 was GBP £1 = €1...

153. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Finance if fully vouched employment expenses payable on production of receipts amounting to £336.59 (details supplied) to an Irish citizen domiciled here by a UK organisation which is regarded as tax free in the UK is similarly tax free here for the purposes of the completion of their form 12 online; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5921/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Tax Code)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am informed by Revenue that, in accordance with section 114 Taxes Consolidation Act 1997, where an employee:
- is necessarily obliged to incur expenses of travelling (and subsistence relating to that travel) in the performance of the duties of his or her employment; and
- is reimbursed by his or her employer in respect of such travel and subsistence on the basis of vouched receipts,
such reimbursement may be made free of tax. 
Having regard to you...

233. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the way in which homicides are classified by An Garda Síochána in view of the fact that the CSO is refusing to accept data from An Garda Síochána and the Policing Authority is waiting for a report on this matter. (Question 5389/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Crime Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 233 and 234 together.
I can assure the Deputy that An Garda Síochána is working with the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to resolve an issue which was identified by An Garda Síochána in relation to the classification of homicide offences. The expert oversight by the CSO of crime statistics is welcome in order to ensure that we can have confidence in the official crime statistics and can tailor our poli...

234. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the date he was informed by An Garda Síochána that there were issues with the way in which it categorised homicides; the format in which he was informed; and the person who informed him. (Question 5390/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Crime Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 233 and 234 together.
I can assure the Deputy that An Garda Síochána is working with the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to resolve an issue which was identified by An Garda Síochána in relation to the classification of homicide offences. The expert oversight by the CSO of crime statistics is welcome in order to ensure that we can have confidence in the official crime statistics and can tailor our poli...

236. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 43 of 19 October 2017, if An Garda Síochána has concluded its comprehensive review of all youth referrals between 2010 and 2017; if the report has been sent to the Garda Commissioner; if not, when it will be sent to him; and when it will be published. (Question 5410/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Garda Youth Diversion Projects)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Garda Youth Diversion Programme is an essential part of Government strategy to help tackle youth crime, and it is very important that it operates effectively.
As the Deputy is aware, a number of issues which impact on the effective administration of the Diversion Programme were identified following the completion, in June 2017, of an examination by the Garda Professional Services Unit (GPSU), and the Garda authorities subsequently ...

321. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the definition of the term “meaningful intervention” in order for a patient contact to be considered valid for the purposes of the continuous professional competence requirements for emergency medical technicians; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5355/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Health Services Staff Training)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) is an independent statutory body with responsibility for professional regulation in the area of pre-hospital emergency care including the recognition of professional qualifications.
Accordingly, the Deputy’s query has been referred to PHECC for direct response.
 ...

322. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health if a person who successfully completed their NQEMT examinations at emergency medical technician level in March 2017 and was duly entered onto the PHECC register, will be subject to audit for the purposes of continuous professional competence in respect of the cycle ending in October 2017 at some date in the future; if not, if they will only begin to be subject to audit for periods post October 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5356/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Professional Qualifications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) is an independent statutory body with responsibility for professional regulation in the area of pre-hospital emergency care including the recognition of professional qualifications. 
Accordingly, the Deputy’s query has been referred to PHECC for direct response.
 ...

323. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the date on which a person (details supplied) will have surgery carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5357/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Hospital Appointments Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing...

164. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the comments by An Taoiseach at a meeting of an organisation (details supplied) regarding changes to the tax regime for high earners; the proposals his Department has on foot of this policy objective; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4307/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Tax Code)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Government’s approach to income tax policy, and my approach to the issue as Minister for Finance, is informed by a number of principles including fairness, competitiveness and the need to improve the reward for work. 
The Deputy will be aware of the commitment in the programme for Government to a medium-term income tax reform plan that keeps the tax base broad, reduces excessive tax rates for middle income earners, and limits the benefit for hig...

165. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Finance the efforts he has undertaken to oppose harmonisation of the EU corporate tax base; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4308/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base Proposals)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Taxation remains within the sovereignty of individual member states.   Unanimity is needed before any tax changes can be agreed at EU level.   Proposals for tax harmonisation at EU level are not new.  The common consolidated corporate tax base has been discussed for years and was first formally proposed in 2011.  
Ireland’s position has always been clear - we do not support tax harmonisation that undermines a member state’s ability to set its own t...

166. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Finance the status of the public banking investigation undertaken by his Department in conjunction with the Department of Rural and Community Development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4309/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Banking Sector)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 149, 166 and 168 together.
As the Deputy is aware, my Department, along with the Department of Rural and Community Development are assigned the responsibility of fulfilling the Programme for a Partnership Government commitment to “thoroughly investigate the German Sparkassen model for the development of local public banks that operate within well-defined regions”. 
Local public banking means that there is state or so...

167. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Finance if a company (details supplied) has provided part of or all of the fines levied by the European Commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4310/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - State Aid Investigations)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 104 and 167 together.
I am assuming the Deputy is referring to the alleged State Aid in the Apple Decision. 
Ireland has never accepted the Commission’s analysis in the Apple State aid Decision.
However, we have always been clear that the Government is fully committed to ensuring that recovery of the alleged Apple State aid takes place without delay and has committed significant resources to ensuring this is achieved...

458. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the status of the primary health care centre in Drimnagh which was due to start in 2014; when the primary health care centre will be delivered; and when work will commence. (Question 4499/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Primary Care Centres Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the Health Service Executive to reply directly to the Deputy regarding capital plans and service developments in the Drimnagh area.
 ...

125. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Taoiseach the number of persons employed in the retail industry nationally by county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2423/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Employment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. 
The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the official source of estimates of labour force (ILO) in the State.
The LFS replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) from Q3 2017.
The most recent LFS figures available are for Q3 2017.
In line with EU requirements the LFS collects sector of employment according to the standard EU classification (NACE Rev.2). 
...

136. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when personal superannuation fund statements for 2015 and 2016, as provided for under the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 are required to be issued to members of the Defence Forces recruited since 2012; when they will be issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2770/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Pensions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Single Public Service Pension Scheme (“Single Scheme”) generally applies to all new-entrant public servants with effect from 1 January 2013.  The rules of the Scheme are set out in the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 (‘2012 Act’).
With regard to Statements of Benefits, the 2012 Act provides that Statements are to be issued;
- on an annual basis to all active (employed) members at 31 Dece...

155. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his Department organised a briefing for a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade in advance of travel to Azerbaijan in October 2013 to observe the elections there; if so, the name of the person; and the capacity in which he or she travelled. (Question 3300/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Election Monitoring Missions)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): While this would be for the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade to confirm, it appears to be the case that no member of the Joint Committee in October 2013 travelled to Azerbaijan to observe the elections there. I do understand that an Oireachtas member representing Ireland on the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) was part of a monitoring mission organized by PACE, in line with its very long est...

220. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if partial capacity benefit will be included as an eligible payment for the purposes of a SUSI special rate grant award in circumstances in which the appellant’s partial capacity benefit is dependent on the appellant satisfying the underlying eligibility conditions for invalidity pension; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3222/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Student Grant Scheme Eligibility)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): To qualify for the special rate of grant under the 2017 scheme, an applicant’s reckonable income has to be less than €23,000 and include on the 31st of December 2016, one of the specified long-term social welfare payments prescribed in the scheme.
Partial Capacity Benefit is a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) payment. To qualify for Partial Capacity Benefit, one needs to be in receipt of either Illness Bene...

243. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when personal superannuation fund statements for 2015 and 2016 as provided for under the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 are required to be issued to prison officers recruited since 2012; when they will be issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2769/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Pensions)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that the new Single Public Service Pension Scheme (“Single Scheme”) commenced with effect from 1 January 2013. All new entrants to pensionable public service employment on or after 1 January 2013 are, in general members of the Single Scheme.
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform-led project entails, as part of the next phase, the building of a Single Scheme Databank that will hold key data centrally. ...

127. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the selection procedure he plans to use to select a suitable person for nomination by Ireland as an advocate general of the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2018; and the timeframe for same. (Question 2416/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - EU Bodies)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, Ireland is to nominate a candidate to serve as an Advocate General to the Court of Justice of the European Union for the period October 2018 to October 2024.
Article 253 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU sets out the criteria for appointment of an Advocate General as ‘persons whose independence is beyond doubt and who possess the qualifications required for appointment to the highest judicial offices in...

483. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if all documents, departmental emails, private emails, phone call logs, text messages and all other communications that relate to the terms of reference of the Charleton tribunal from his former predecessor, their two advisers, their private secretary, the retired Secretary General and the current and retired staff in the policing division have been sent to the Charleton tribunal in view of the request of An Taoiseach for a trawl to be conducted in his Department and his subsequent comments in Dáil Éireann on 6 December 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54367/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Tribunals of Inquiry Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Since its establishment, the Department of Justice and Equality has cooperated and continues to cooperate with the Disclosures Tribunal.  This has been an ongoing collaborative process which has involved the full compliance by my Department with several orders of the Tribunal as well as extensive voluntary disclosure.  In some cases it has been necessary for legal reasons for the Department to draw the Tribunal’s attention to particula...