26. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Taoiseach if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; and if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015. (Question 35234/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

The Taoiseach: My Department and the National Economic and Social Development Office adhere to the procedures set out by the Office of Government Procurement and EU Procurement rules in relation to the procurement of all goods and services. 
The standard terms and conditions of tenders conducted by the Office of Government Procurement state that the contractor shall provide the services in accordance with good industry practice and comply with all applicable laws including, but not limited to, ...

66. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from her Department and agencies under the aegis of her Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps she has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if she has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35230/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Companies who are awarded contracts for contract cleaning and security services by my Department are required as part of their obligations under the Terms and Conditions of that same contract to provide their services in accordance with good industry practice and to comply with all applicable laws including but not limited to their obligations regarding labour law, of which adherence to Employment Regulation O...

108. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Finance if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35227/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In relation to cleaning services, and indeed facilities management services generally, my Department arranges the provision of such services both for itself and for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.  There is no contract with an outside security company in respect of the provision of security for the buildings occupied by the two Departments.  Following a procurement process in 2015, a contract was awarded to a service provider to pro...

228. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35232/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from my Department and the bodies under its aegis have confirmed that they are paying the legal Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rate to their employees.  Please note that separate material is provided below in relation to the Office of Public Works.  
The Office of Government Procurement has conducted a numbe...

277. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35225/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): For the Deputy’s information, the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) is an office within the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform that provides centralised public sector procurement arrangements and support for sourcing common goods and services. Accordingly, the Department’s suppliers and service contractors are required to confirm that they have taken account of their statutory and legal obligations in relation to the emplo...

391. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35228/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Office of Government Procurement is responsible for sourcing all goods and services on behalf of the public service. All contract security and cleaning staff are drawn down from a central contract framework procured by the Office of Government Procurement.
The terms and conditions of contracts ensure that agreements between my Department and all contractors adhere to the relevant employment legislation.
My Department has not can...

392. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the detail of Ireland’s foreign policy position on Palestine (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35392/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Middle East Issues)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney)(Deputy Simon Coveney): Ireland, along with our EU partners, supports the achievement of a two state solution to the Middle East conflict. This support includes political efforts to encourage a resumption of direct negotiations, which are ultimately the only way to achieve peace, but also action on the ground on human rights and justice issues affecting Palestinians under occupation, including settlement activity, which are progressiv...

462. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules pay the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35231/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will wish to be aware that the Request for Tender for contractors to be included on the Department’s Cleaning Framework, which was published on 29 January 2010, included a provision that:
“Under Article 27 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulation 27 of European Communities (Award of Public Contracts) Regulations 2006 (S.I. 329 of 2006), Service Providers must provide a statement confirming that they have taken account of their...

607. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from her Department and agencies under the aegis of her Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps she has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if she has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35221/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The tendering and award of contracts for services by my Department and the agencies under its remit, including those referred to by the Deputy, is conducted in line with Public Service procurement procedures.
Neither my Department nor any of the agencies under its remit have a role in the enforcement of Employment Regulation orders.
I am advised that there has been no instance where a contract for serv...

736. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35229/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In response to the Deputy’s question, I can confirm that both the security and contract cleaning companies procured for the Department of Health are paying the legal Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rates to their employees.
I have also forwarded your question to the HSE for direct reply. Details for other bodies under the aegis of the Department are operational matters for the bodies concerned and the Deputy should contact the relevant Directo...

1180. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35220/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Under the Employment Regulation Order (ERO), companies are obliged to pay statutory minimum rates of remuneration for workers employed in security and contract cleaning areas. The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is the independent, statutory body, whose core services include the inspection and enforcement of employment rights obligations.
My Department is not aware of any breaches of Employment Regulation Orders.
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1280. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules pay the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35223/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): All services contracts entered into are conditional on the service provider complying with all applicable laws, including employment legislation, in line with best procurement practice and direction from the Office of Government Procurement.
My Department has received confirmations from its providers of security and contract cleaning services that the legal Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rate is, and h...

1345. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35235/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The information requested by the Deputy is currently being collated and will be forwarded as soon as possible.  If the Deputy does not receive a response within 10 working days they should contact my private office.
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1433. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from her Department and agencies under the aegis of her Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps she has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if she has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35222/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): All cleaning contractors for my Department are being paid, equal to or above, the legal Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rate. There are no security contracts as this is arranged by the Office of Public Works. 
The Adoption Authority of Ireland and Oberstown Children Detention Campus have both confirmed that contracts for security and cleaning where applicable also comply with the ERO. No contracts have been cancelled...

1493. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Social Protection if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from her Department and agencies under the aegis of her Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps she has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if she has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35233/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): My Department’s cleaning and security suppliers wrote to the Department in 2015 to advise their implementation of the Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rate increase from 1 October 2015. 
Further Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rate increases were implemented in 2016 (cleaning) and 2017 (security). 
Additional increases are planned for later in 2017 (cleaning), for both cleaning and security in 2018, and for security in 201...

1728. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35224/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I can confirm that all security and cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from my Department and agencies under the aegis of my Department are fully compliant with the Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rate of pay to their employees since 1 October 2015.
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5. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans with regard to developing and publishing a vacant homes strategy; the date on which he expects to publish the strategy; the elements he will progress in advance of publication; his views on the disappointing take up of the repair and leasing scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33629/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Housing Issues)

Deputy Jan O’Sullivan: Last week, the Minister told us that the vacant homes strategy was being deferred. We had been expecting it before the summer break although it was actually due at the end of March. He said it was being deferred because there were certain measures he wanted to introduce. I gather some of them may be budgetary. He also said there were some elements he could progress in advance of publication. My question is around what elements he might be able to advance ahead of publ...

12. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government when he expects the target of taking all homeless families with children out of hotels except in exceptional circumstances to be met; the indicative length of time such families are expected to stay in family hubs; the arrangements made for children to get to school, after-school programmes and so on while they are in hubs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33377/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Homelessness Strategy)

Deputy Jan O’Sullivan: My question is in a couple of parts. First, when does the Minister expect the target, which has not yet been met, to take families out of hotels to be met? Second, how long does he expect families in hubs will be there? I also ask him about arrangements for children getting to school and other activities.
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42. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of applications that have been received to date in 2017 under the revised mortgage to rent scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33376/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Mortgage to Rent Scheme)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Review of the Mortgage to Rent Scheme, published on 8 February 2017, introduced a range of amendments to the eligibility criteria and administration of the scheme in order for it to work better for borrowers. The changes to the eligibility criteria came into effect on 27 March 2017. Since the introduction of the Mortgage to Rent (MTR) Scheme in 2012, a total of 3,694 cases have been submitted under the ...

66. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the direction he has given to local authorities to ensure that homes built for private sale on publicly owned land are sold at affordable prices; if he will consider introducing an appropriate national affordable housing scheme for this purpose; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33379/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - House Prices)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): On 27 April, details of some 1,700 hectares of land in local authority and Housing Agency ownership were published on the Rebuilding Ireland Housing Land Map, with the potential to deliver 42,500 homes nationally. All local authorities have been requested to prepare Strategic Development and Management Plans by 30 September 2017 for the earliest possible development of their lands. 
As set out in the Strategy...

68. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government when the next review of rent pressure zones will be carried out; if the general review of Rebuilding Ireland will include more substantial changes to the legislation which defined qualification as a rent pressure zone; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33378/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Rent Pressure Zones)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Housing Agency continues to monitor the rental market and may recommend further areas for designation as Rent Pressure Zones (RPZs). Following the procedures set out in the Act, where it is found at a future date that additional areas meet the criteria, they will be designated as RPZs.
My Department has initiated a review of the Rent Predictability Measure. At this stage, the measures have been in place f...

28. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she has held discussions with the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government regarding the family hubs that are planned to replace the use of hotels for families in emergency accommodation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30783/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Homeless Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 28, 30, 44, 56, 58, 59, 62 and 550 together.
Firstly let me say that I have had discussions with the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in relation to the family hubs. They are a temporary solution as we, as a government get to grips with the devastating plight of homelessness in our country. The hubs are a better temporary solution than hotels and bed and breakfast ...

35. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of unaccompanied minors that had been in the migrant camp in Calais that have come here; if work is ongoing to expand Tusla’s capacity for this purpose; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30782/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Refugee Data)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I am happy to report to the Deputy that 22 children have arrived from France under the Calais Special Project. Aged between 13 and 17, they are all boys, and come from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Syria, and South Sudan. 20 are in care placements and 2 were reunited with family members.
The French authorities are responsible for identifying and nominating separated children seeking asylum who are eligible to participate in the Irish ...

38. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if training or upskilling is provided to persons working with children on the autism spectrum in preschool settings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30781/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Preschool Services)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Yes – there is training and upskilling provided. In addition to affordability and quality – our radical new approach to childcare must also ensure accessibility. I am fully and absolutely committed to that. One of my first official duties as Minister was to launch the Access Inclusion Model or AIM. The model supports children with disabilities to attend main-stream pre-school education. This includes children on the autism s...

49. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the interim arrangements for the new child care supplement in view of the fact that the database will not be ready in time to receive new applications in September 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30784/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Affordable Childcare Scheme Establishment)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): On 11 April, I announced that the Affordable Childcare Scheme would not commence this September, but that a range of measures would be introduced by my Department to make childcare more affordable for thousands of families throughout Ireland. This honours a key commitment in the Programme for Government. I can confirm that these measures will commence this September. The measures are as follows:
A new universal subsidy will b...