49. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of applications for a licence to export military or dual use items denied by her Department in 2017. (Question 16605/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Military Exports)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department is responsible for controls on the export of these military and dual use items from Ireland. 
Under Irish law, military export licences must be sought in respect of the goods and technology, and any components thereof, listed in the Annex to the Control of Exports (Goods and Technology) Order, S.I. 216 of 2012 which reflects the 2008 EU Common Position on Arms Exports and EU sanctions regimes.
My Departmen...

63. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number and value of licences issued for military exports in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16604/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Military Exports)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department is responsible for controls on the export of military items from Ireland. Under Irish law, military export licences must be sought in respect of the export from Ireland of military goods and technology, and any components thereof, listed in the EU Common Military List.  
I publish an annual report under the Control of Exports Act 2008 which includes information on military exports. The objective of publish...

242. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business; Enterprise and Innovation if she is satisfied that breaches of the National Minimum Wage Act 2000 identified by NERA in 2010 regarding sleep over shifts in the social care sector have been adequately resolved and that employees affected have been fully compensated for underpayments. (Question 11365/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Workplace Relations Commission)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 242 to 245, inclusive, together.
I would draw the Deputy’s attention to the fact that policy responsibility for the social care sector and the issue of payment of overnight workers in that sector is a matter that comes within the remit of the Minister for Health and is a matter that is I understand, being dealt with by that Department. 
 As I mentioned in my earlier reply to the deputy o...

243. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business; Enterprise and Innovation the levels of underpayment of minimum wage to employees working sleep over shifts in the social care sector which were established by NERA in each of the years 2010 to 2017 respectively; and the level of repayment of arrears which has been secured by the inspectorate on behalf of employees affected. (Question 11366/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Workplace Relations Commission)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 242 to 245, inclusive, together.
I would draw the Deputy’s attention to the fact that policy responsibility for the social care sector and the issue of payment of overnight workers in that sector is a matter that comes within the remit of the Minister for Health and is a matter that is I understand, being dealt with by that Department. 
 As I mentioned in my earlier reply to the deputy o...

244. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business; Enterprise and Innovation the measures taken between 2010 and 2017 to ensure against breaches of the National Minimum Wage Act 2000 in the social care sector specifically with reference to sleep over shift payments; the further steps she plans to take in this regard; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11367/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Workplace Relations Commission)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 242 to 245, inclusive, together.
I would draw the Deputy’s attention to the fact that policy responsibility for the social care sector and the issue of payment of overnight workers in that sector is a matter that comes within the remit of the Minister for Health and is a matter that is I understand, being dealt with by that Department. 
 As I mentioned in my earlier reply to the deputy o...

245. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business; Enterprise and Innovation further to Parliamentary Question No. 261 of 20 February 2018, the proportion of the unpaid wages recouped for employees which applies to the social care sector in which employees were underpaid for sleep over shifts. (Question 11368/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Workplace Relations Commission)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 242 to 245, inclusive, together.
I would draw the Deputy’s attention to the fact that policy responsibility for the social care sector and the issue of payment of overnight workers in that sector is a matter that comes within the remit of the Minister for Health and is a matter that is I understand, being dealt with by that Department. 
 As I mentioned in my earlier reply to the deputy o...

259. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she will report on the large number of employment legislation contraventions in the equine sector arising from inspections by the Workplace Relations Commission in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8461/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Equine Industry)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): In 2017, the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) initiated a compliance and enforcement campaign within the equine sector generally, including the horse racing industry.
Over the course of the year (Phase I) some 74 employers were identified and 73 inspections had been carried out for the purposes of checking compliance with, among other requirements, national minimum wage rates, employment permit obl...

260. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the situation in the UK in which a national minimum wage compliance scheme has identified and secured payment of arrears of pay amounting to at least £400 million for underpayments of minimum wage to overnight workers in the social care sector; if the Labour Inspectorate here has identified a similar issue; if so, the level of underpayments of minimum wage identified in this sector in each of the years 2010 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and the arrangements that have been put in place to secure full redress for such underpayments on behalf of the employees affected. (Question 8778/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - National Minimum Wage)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): The Deputy will appreciate that I am not in a position to comment on a national minimum wage compliance scheme operating in another jurisdiction. 
I should point out that policy responsibility for the social care sector comes within the remit of the Minister for Health who, I understand, has previously commented on the particular issue of overnight workers in the social care sector.  The Minister confi...

261. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to enhance the ability of the Workplace Relations Commission’s inspection services to proactively pursue widespread breaches of basic employment rights with particular reference to measures (details supplied). (Question 8779/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Workplace Relations Commission)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): I want to assure the deputy that my Department works in close co-operation with the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to ensure that the WRC has sufficient capacity and mechanisms available to it to assist in the effective enforcement of employment law.
This builds on the significant reform package put in place in the employment rights enforcement area that was voted through the Oireachtas in the Wo...

53. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the 47% increase in the value of military exports between 2015 and 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5767/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Military Exports)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): In 2015, 81 licences with a value of €43m were issued to export goods with a military classification.  In 2016, 128 licences with a value of €63m were issued to export goods with a military classification.  The increase in the value of exports of goods with a military classification between 2015 and 2016 is due mainly to increases in exports to Germany, USA and Singapore. 
These licences were in respect of:
- components...

58. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when the six-month export licence statistics covering the period July 2017 to December 2017 will be published. (Question 5766/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Exports Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): It is my intention to publish on my Department’s website the six month export licence statistics covering the period July 2017 to December 2017 by the end of February.
The six monthly statistics provide summary, interim data on licensing activity and are made available in order to provide the public with a greater level of transparency about exports of controlled goods and services, and an understanding of how export co...

297. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of secondees from companies (details supplied) that are working in her Department. (Question 5828/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): There are currently no secondees working in my Department from the companies referred to by the Deputy.
My Department does facilitate some secondment arrangements with other Public Service Bodies. These provide good opportunities for the sharing of best practice and the development of different skills and experience. These arrangements are kept under review and my Department is open to working with other sectors to ex...

303. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the efforts she is making to protect all stable staff involved in horse racing under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6069/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Employment Rights)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): I propose to take Questions Nos. 303 and 304 together.
The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (OWTA) provides for statutory rights for employees in relation to rest, maximum working time and holidays and derives from a European Union Directive dating from 1993.
I would like to draw the deputy’s attention to the fact that since September 2017, policy responsibility for employment rights legislation g...

304. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if discussions are expected to reclassify stable staff as agricultural workers further to the recent determination (details supplied) issued by the Labour Court into the classification of stable staff working in horse racing. (Question 6070/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Employment Rights)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): I propose to take Questions Nos. 303 and 304 together.
The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (OWTA) provides for statutory rights for employees in relation to rest, maximum working time and holidays and derives from a European Union Directive dating from 1993.
I would like to draw the deputy’s attention to the fact that since September 2017, policy responsibility for employment rights legislation g...

15. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the date for the publication of the annual report on export licensing activity undertaken under the Control of Exports Act 2008 for the period 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016; and if publication will occur before the end of 2017. (Question 49608/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Arms Trade)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 15, 16 and 30 together.
The 2016 Annual Report under the Control of Exports Act,2008, was submitted to Government this week and will be laid before both houses of the Oireachtas and published as soon as it is translated into Irish.  I expect to publish the Report before the end of the year.
The objective of publishing these reports is to provide the public with a continuing...

30. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the increase in the value of licences for arms exports from Ireland, issued by her Department, from €23 million to €132 million between the last six months of 2016 and the first six months of 2017; her further views on the fact that this is the first time since six monthly reports began to be published that the value of licences for arms exports has exceeded €100 million; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49607/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Arms Trade)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 15, 16 and 30 together.
The 2016 Annual Report under the Control of Exports Act,2008, was submitted to Government this week and will be laid before both houses of the Oireachtas and published as soon as it is translated into Irish.  I expect to publish the Report before the end of the year.
The objective of publishing these reports is to provide the public with a continuing...

81. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the Irish companies that had stands at the defence and security equipment international exhibition in London from 12 to 15 September 2017; if they received State support to attend - for example, from the Enterprise Ireland internationalisation grant; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47273/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Enterprise Ireland Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Enterprise Ireland Internationalisation Grant is designed to assist established client companies to research and explore business opportunities in international markets. This grant instrument is primarily designed to support the costs of undertaking new market research and cannot directly support sales activity. 
I can confirm that Enterprise Ireland has not funded any of its client companies to attend...

32. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her Department’s efforts to attract foreign direct investment are being considered in terms of wider capacity and policy to provide infrastructure and housing for employees of companies that may chose to relocate to here. (Question 43132/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - Foreign Direct Investment)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The sustainability of our national infrastructure and housing in the context of our approach to attracting inward investment is being considered as part of the ongoing work to develop the new National Planning Framework. My Department is engaging in detail with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government on these issues as part of that process. 
Companies that seek to invest in Ireland do so f...

8. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if special measures are put in place with regard to monitoring the activities of companies reported to the ODCE for serious transgressions while those investigations are ongoing, such as in the case of a company (details supplied) which continues to operate. (Question 43001/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement Investigations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) was established under the Company Law Enforcement Act 2001 and continued under the Companies Act 2014. Under the provisions of the 2014 Act, the Director is responsible for enforcing and encouraging compliance with company law, investigating suspected offences under the Companies Act, prosecuting detected breaches of the Companies Act, referring cases ...

138. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation for the number of work permits issued to Israeli citizens in each of years 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017. (Question 39543/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Work Permits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The table shows the number of employment permits issued to Israeli nationals since 2011. The figures for 2017 represent employment permits issued to end of August. These statistics and others relating to the employment permits system may be accessed via my Department’s website at: https://dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-Permits/Statistics/.
 New Renewal Total 2017 ...

18. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if there was a delay to, or a freeze placed on, the issuing of new work permits and the renewal of work permits for work riders in the horse racing industry in each of the years 2001 to 2006, respectively; and if her Department at that time received representations from the horse racing industry to overturn the freeze. (Question 37430/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Work Permits Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My Department has been unable to establish if there were any issues relating to the awarding of employment permits for work riders in the horse riding industry in respect of the years 2001-2006.  Data on the numbers of employment permits issued is available from 2005 with 216 issuing to work riders in that year, and 324 in 2006.
Up until 1 June 2009, work riders were eligible for Work Permit Employment Per...

19. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to address low pay and poor working conditions in the private home care sector in view of the fact that the sector is being increasingly privatised as a consequence of Government and HSE policy. (Question 37431/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Low Pay)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Following the coming into effect of the Labour Affairs and Labour Law (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2017 on 1st September last, responsibility for employment rights policy and legislation transferred to my colleague, the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
Ireland has a comprehensive suite of employment rights legislation which provides strong ...