78. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Finance the projected revenue to be generated from the introduction of the sugar sweetened drinks tax for 2018 and subsequent years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20545/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Tax Yield)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): It is extremely difficult to estimate the potential revenue generated for the Exchequer from the sugar-sweetened drinks tax due to continued industry reformulation resulting in reduced sugar levels in relevant products. However, it is estimated that the tax will yield in the region of €27m in 2018 and €40m in a full year.
It is hoped that the tax will help tackle obesity by providing incentives to reduce the sugar content in relevant products, and u...

79. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Finance the historical mechanisms used to hypothecate funding from a tax for specific purposes; the details of previous taxes or levies in tax history that have been ring-fenced for a specific purpose; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20546/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Tax Code)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Hypothecation involves linking specific expenditure to an explicit revenue source and the Deputy will be aware that it is not a feature of the Irish tax system in general. It is only used in limited circumstances where there is a strong justification because it can cause difficulties for the efficient and effective management of the public finances. Furthermore, it also exposes specific expenditure dependent solely on a hypothecated revenue to any v...

82. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to a situation in Belgium (details supplied); if there is a facility for a similar measure to be applied here in terms of VAT reduction on defibrillators; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20714/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - VAT Rate Application)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 and 83 together.
The Programme for Partnership Government recognises the difficulties faced by community groups in relation to VAT rates on certain products such as defibrillators. This is an EU competency and the Government has committed to work with our EU counterparts in seeking to reform this area.
Defibrillators, other than implantable defibrillators, are liable to VAT at the standard rate, which in Ireland i...

83. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Finance the status of discussions at EU level in relation to the action plan on the future of VAT; the opportunities which have been taken to continue to recommend that member states should be able to apply a specialised VAT rating to defibrillators and other emergency medical and rescue equipment at EU Council level in these discussions; the detail of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20715/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - VAT Rate Application)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 and 83 together.
The Programme for Partnership Government recognises the difficulties faced by community groups in relation to VAT rates on certain products such as defibrillators. This is an EU competency and the Government has committed to work with our EU counterparts in seeking to reform this area.
Defibrillators, other than implantable defibrillators, are liable to VAT at the standard rate, which in Ireland i...

101. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the costs associated with undertaking a national audit of all learning centres in respect of the availability of potable water; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20564/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Schemes)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As there are no plans in my Department to carry out a national audit of potable water in schools, this has not been costed.
There are already several mechanisms under which schools can address any issues with regard to the availability of tap drinking that they might have. These are the Summer Works Scheme, the Emergency Works Grant Scheme or, for primary schools, the Minor Works Grant Scheme.
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102. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the costs associated with undertaking a national audit of secondary schools in respect of the equipment, infrastructure and facilities available to cook, prepare and serve meals to students in addition to the facilities in which they can eat; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20565/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Schools Facilities)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department has in place detailed design guidelines for primary and post-primary schools. These guidelines, which are available on my Departments web-site, currently provide for a standard range of servery and eating facilities in the design of new Post Primary schools. At Post Primary level a kitchenette, 25m² in area, is provided off the General Purpose/Dining Area. These facilities are not intended to be full commercial type canteen...

103. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the costs associated with undertaking a national audit of all learning centres in respect of healthy school environments and conformation with the national obesity plan, national physical activity plan and Healthy Ireland; his plans for an audit of equipment, infrastructure and facilities in schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20566/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - School Curriculum)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department fully supports the promotion of healthy lifestyles in schools and has issued circulars to support and strengthen schools’ efforts in developing in young people the skills and attitudes needed to make informed decisions about their health. Through the curriculum students are taught the key skills and knowledge to enable them to make healthier life choices and to develop the resilience to reject negative options. This can be ...

174. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the estimated cost to implement the recommendation by the national stroke programme as part of the phased introduction of early supported discharge for a further nine teams to be established over a three year period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20547/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Health Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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175. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the estimated cost of increasing the number of stroke unit beds to meet the predicted increase in stroke numbers; the further cost of bringing stroke units to quality standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20548/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospital Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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176. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the actions being taken to advance the recommendations of the HIQA health technology assessment of mechanical thrombectomy; if the costs contained in the HTA in terms of the five year budget impact of developing a national service are the same; if not, the details in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20549/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - HIQA Reports)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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177. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the costs associated with the need to address infrastructural and equipment issues in relation to the provision of thrombectomy services in Beaumont Hospital; the level of capital expenditure required to replace the existing angiography suite and to open a second angiography suite; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20550/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
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178. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the costs associated with the need to address the geographical gap in heart failure services in the South/South West hospital group area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20551/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Health Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive (HSE) to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
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179. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the staffing and configuration deficits in each of the early supported discharge teams; the additional funding that is needed to address same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20552/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospitals Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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180. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of persons across each operating site that have been discharged home via early supported discharge for stroke patients since the first ESD roll-out in 2011; the percentage of this category compared to total stroke discharges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20553/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospitals Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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181. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the roll-out of the new early supported discharge teams as part of the national stroke programme; the details of the staffing team for each, inclusive of grade; the cost of same; the timescale for the roll-out of these programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20554/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospitals Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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182. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if he will provide updated figures on the prevalence rate of heart failure here; the mortality rate for same; the annual diagnosis for heart failure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20555/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - HSE Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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183. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the detail of the availability of cardiac rehabilitation services here; the number of hospitals that do not have cardiac rehabilitation services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20556/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Health Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly, as soon as possible.
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184. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the details of heart failure community projects here; the investment that would be required to implement heart failure integrated care projects in the community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20557/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Health Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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185. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the breakdown of the spending and funding allocated to and by the Healthy Ireland Fund since its inception; the way in which the fund was spent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20563/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): In July 2016 Government approved the creation of a Healthy Ireland Fund and subsequently provided an initial allocation of €5 million in Budget 2017 to kick-start its establishment. A further €5 million has been approved in Budget 2018 for the Fund.  
The Healthy Ireland Fund is intended as an innovative mechanism to stimulate and support inter-sectoral action and partnership working to implement Healthy Ireland, the nation...

186. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the additional resources allocated to community based programmes aimed at healthy food and healthy living in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20567/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Obesity Strategy)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 to 192, inclusive, and 199 and 200 together.
As the issues rasied in the Deputy’s questions are service matters, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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187. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the initiatives planned under action 6 of ten steps forward in the national obesity plan relating to mobilising the health services to better prevent and address overweight and obesity through effective community based health promotion programmes, training and skills development aside from the healthy eating, active living programme and the breastfeeding action plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20568/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Obesity Strategy)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 to 192, inclusive, and 199 and 200 together.
As the issues rasied in the Deputy’s questions are service matters, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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188. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the proposal on developing family food initiatives to support children and families experiencing food poverty to have access to healthy food and to develop cooking and food growing skills; if he, working with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, will consider the development of family food initiatives and the funding of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20569/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Obesity Strategy)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 to 192, inclusive, and 199 and 200 together.
As the issues rasied in the Deputy’s questions are service matters, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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189. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the status of the national KPI established for community cooking programmes for each community healthcare organisation; the success in reaching the annual target to attend community cooking programmes each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20570/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Obesity Strategy)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 to 192, inclusive, and 199 and 200 together.
As the issues rasied in the Deputy’s questions are service matters, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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190. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the status of the work of the national working group that was established to review the cook it and healthy food made easy programmes; the progress in developing operational systems to ensure scalability to increase access to community cooking programmes, ensuring alignment with the work of the LCDCs and enabling joint working to address local health and well-being patterns and to improve health outcomes in relation to nutrition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20571/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Obesity Strategy)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 to 192, inclusive, and 199 and 200 together.
As the issues rasied in the Deputy’s questions are service matters, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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191. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the details of the coverage of the Cook It and Healthy Food Made Easy programmes; the resourcing that has been allocated to the implementation of these programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20572/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Obesity Strategy)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 186 to 192, inclusive, and 199 and 200 together.
As the issues rasied in the Deputy’s questions are service matters, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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