73. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the yield from DIRT in 2017; the forecasted yield in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20533/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Tax Yield)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 74 together.
I am advised by Revenue that net receipts for Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT) and Life Assurance Exit Tax (LAET) in 2017 are published in Table 2 of Revenue’s Annual Report for 2017, available at https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/press-office/annual-report/2017/ar-2017.pdf.
My Department has forecast DIRT receipts for 2018 to be in the region of €117 million. Revenue have advised that LAET...

74. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the yield from life assurance exit tax in 2017; the forecasted yield in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20534/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Tax Yield)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 74 together.
I am advised by Revenue that net receipts for Deposit Interest Retention Tax (DIRT) and Life Assurance Exit Tax (LAET) in 2017 are published in Table 2 of Revenue’s Annual Report for 2017, available at https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/press-office/annual-report/2017/ar-2017.pdf.
My Department has forecast DIRT receipts for 2018 to be in the region of €117 million. Revenue have advised that LAET...

51. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of her Department’s funding contribution to a project (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19897/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The project to which the Deputy refers consists of a design, construction and operation of a new facility with a capacity of approximately 6,000 persons, capable of accommodating a range of events including concerts, festivals, family entertainments, cultural, sports, exhibitions, conferences and trade shows. 
This is a public private partnership project led by the local authority. My Department has committed funding of ...

89. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 82 of 1 May 2018, the number of cases referred to the Central Bank by the FSO-FSPO by year and area, that is, investment products, insurance or banking; the overall nature of the original complaint in each case; the grounds on which the FSO-FSPO deemed it necessary to refer each case to the Central Bank; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20256/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As I previously stated in Parliamentary Question No. 82 on 1 May 2018 the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman is independent in the performance of his statutory functions.  I have no role in the day to day workings of the office.
The Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman (FSPO) was established on 01 January 2018 under the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Act 2017.  Section 18 of the Act sets out how the Ombudsman shall co-operate ...

105. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills his policy on the use of social media by primary schools; the steps he is taking to ensure that children whose parents do not wish their child to feature in the school’s social media posts are not excluded from school activities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20237/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Social Media in Education)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The use of social media by schools is a matter for the board of management of each individual school. My Department provides information to schools on the safe and ethical use of the internet generally and has a broad suite of policies to support the safe and appropriate use of digital technologies in schools.  Schools are advised on the following matters; the development and implementation of an Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP) governing t...

179. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health if a person is allowed a deduction from their income for rental payments they are making or certain loan repayments in the context of the financial assessment under the nursing home support scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20308/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Nursing Homes Support Scheme Eligibility)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): The Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS) is a system of financial support for those in need of long-term nursing home care. Participants contribute to the cost of their care according to their income and assets while the State pays the balance of the cost. The Scheme aims to ensure that long-term nursing home care is accessible and affordable for everyone and that people are cared for in the most appropriate settings.
Participants...

110. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the policy of the State Claims Agency in relation to non-disclosure and confidentiality clauses being included in circumstances in which settlements are reached in or out of court by the agency and a person taking a case against a State body in respect of cases managed by the agency; the number of such non-disclosure or confidentiality clauses that have been entered into by the agency or representatives on its behalf in each year since 2010 by delegated authority in tabular form; the overall value for each delegated authority for each year of the settlements in which such a clause was put in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20118/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - State Claims Agency)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The State Claims Agency (SCA) have advised me that it settles very few claims subject to a confidentiality agreement.
For the purposes of clarity the SCA also advise that a claim refers to notification of intention to seek compensation for personal injury and/or property damage where it is alleged the State was negligent. The application may be in the form of a letter of claim, an InjuriesBoard.ie application, or a written/oral request.
One particu...

117. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the revenue received from the universal social charge, both PAYE and self assessment, in 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19679/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Universal Social Charge Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am advised by Revenue that net receipts for the Universal Social Charge (USC) in 2017 were €3,131 million for PAYE and €577 million for non-PAYE. 
Net receipts for USC in 2018 to-date are €1,073 million for PAYE and €42 million for non-PAYE.
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118. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance his views on the fact that some insurance companies refuse to quote for private motor insurance cover if the policyholder has had a claim in the past number of years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19710/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Motor Insurance)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As Minister for Finance, I am responsible for the development of the legal framework governing financial regulation. Neither I nor the Central Bank of Ireland has the power to direct insurance companies on the pricing or provision of insurance products. Indeed, the EU framework for insurance expressly prohibits Member States from adopting such rules. The provision of insurance cover and the price at which it is offered is a commercial matter for ...

119. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if sparkling water is included in the sugar sweetened drink tax; if his attention has been drawn to cases in which retailers have increased prices of soft drinks and sparkling water in advance of the tax introduction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19737/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Tax Code)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Sugar Sweetened Drinks Tax is provided for by Chapter 2 of Part 1 of the Finance Act 2017. The tax commenced on 1 May 2018 and applies to first supplies in the State of sugar sweetened drinks. Sugar sweetened drinks are water and juice based drinks, in ready to consume or concentrated form, that contain added sugar and have a total sugar content of 5 grams or more per 100 millilitres in their ready to consume form.
Sparkling water is not subject t...

120. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if he is satisfied that the application of VRT on imported vehicles is fully in accordance with EU law in all respects; his plans to introduce changes to the regime; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19771/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Vehicle Registration)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that section 132(1), Finance Act, 1992 provided for the introduction, from 1 January 1993, of “a duty of excise, to be called vehicle registration tax”.  VRT is a tax on the registration of a vehicle and is not a tax on the importation of a vehicle.  Section 132(1) also specifies that the tax “shall be charged, levied and paid … on … the registration of a vehicle”.
Article 110 of the Treaty on the Functionin...

125. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if he has signed the commencement order for farm consolidation relief of stamp duty as provisioned in section 68 of the Finance Act 2017; if not, when he will to do so; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20067/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Stamp Duty)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As I have outlined in a number of PQ replies recently, the measure legislated for in section 68 of Finance Act 2017 will allow a farmer to claim relief from stamp duty where he or she sells and purchases land for the purposes of consolidating an existing farm holding has been introduced, subject to a commencement order after a full consideration of any administrative or EU state-aid requirements.
For the relief to operate, there must be both a sale ...

215. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the process involved in appointing directors to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board; the person or body that recommends possible appointees; the skill set required for the position of director with the board; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19814/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 211, 212, 215 and 217 together.
The Board of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is appointed by me as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and in compliance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). The Board consists of a Chairperson...

216. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the professional backgrounds of existing directors of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19815/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Board of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is appointed by me as the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and in compliance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). The Board consists of a Chairperson, the Chief Executive and nine ordinary members of which six ...

217. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if there is scope to appoint directors to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board that have a background in consumer issues and affairs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19816/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 211, 212, 215 and 217 together.
The Board of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is appointed by me as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and in compliance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). The Board consists of a Chairperson...

353. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the budget available to the HSE Cork South Lee for mental health services in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20071/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Mental Health Services Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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355. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health when an application on behalf of a child (details supplied) in County Cork for an item of equipment was received by the HSE; when the equipment will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20114/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Medical Aids and Appliances Applications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.
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356. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the policy of the HSE in respect of non-disclosure and confidentiality clauses being included in circumstances in which settlements are reached in or out of court by the HSE and a person taking a case against the HSE in the broad area of medical negligence or a failure of a duty of care; the number of such non-disclosure and confidentiality clauses that have been entered into by the HSE or representatives on its behalf in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20119/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - HSE Legal Cases)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The management of clinical indemnity claims relating to the HSE has been delegated to the State Claims Agency under section 9 of the National Treasury Management (Amendment) Act 2000.
The State Claims Agency has advised my officials that it settles very few claims which are subject to a confidentiality agreement with the exception of cases settled through mediation. It has noted that part of the process of mediation is that parties are bound by a stric...

427. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of cases of alleged sexual abuse of children in foster care by a person or persons in the home that have been reported to the HSE in each year in the past decade; the policy of the HSE for dealing with such reports; if An Garda Síochána was informed in each case; if the policy is for the children to be removed from the home on foot of an allegation being made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20117/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Sexual Offences Data)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): As this is of an operational nature, I have asked Tusla to request figures from the local areas that may be of assistance and to reply to the Deputy directly. I would note that Tusla was set up in January 2014, and prior to this the services were provided by the Health Service Executive.
Tusla, the Child and Family Agency has a clear protocol for managing concerns or allegations about foster carers which is procedure which is t...

467. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if it is a condition that borrowers must have accumulated a deposit of 3% by way of savings as part of the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme; if a record of paying rent is taken into account in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19686/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Home Loan Scheme)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 467, 468 and 473 together.
The new Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Scheme is designed to enable credit worthy first-time buyers to access sustainable mortgage lending to purchase new or second-hand properties. The low rate of fixed interest associated with the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan provides first-time buyers with access to mortgage finance that they may not otherwise have been able to...

468. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the 10% deposit requirement can be met by a combination of the help to buy scheme and a gift from parents or another family member as part of the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme provided all other scheme conditions are satisfied; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19687/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Home Loan Scheme)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 467, 468 and 473 together.
The new Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Scheme is designed to enable credit worthy first-time buyers to access sustainable mortgage lending to purchase new or second-hand properties. The low rate of fixed interest associated with the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan provides first-time buyers with access to mortgage finance that they may not otherwise have been able to...

493. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will address queries (details supplied) in relation to approved housing bodies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20166/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Approved Housing Bodies)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Government has set out an ambitious set of targets for the delivery of social housing to the period to 2021 in its multi-faceted plan Rebuilding Ireland. A commitment to deliver 50,000 new social housing units through a range of delivery mechanisms has been supported by a multi-annual Exchequer commitment totalling €6.5 billion over the period. These targets will be achieved using a combination of building, purchasin...

58. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if a query raised in correspondence (details supplied) regarding the help-to-buy scheme will be addressed. (Question 19373/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Help-To-Buy Scheme Administration)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am advised by Revenue that a Help-to-Buy application was received from the persons in question on 20 April 2018 and was approved on 27 April 2018. Revenue have also advised me that it contacted the persons on 1 May 2018 who confirmed that they had received the approval notification.
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60. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the number of indigenous SMEs that have applied for the knowledge development box relief; the number of indigenous SMEs that have successfully availed of the knowledge development box; the value of the benefit to SMEs in total; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19518/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Knowledge Development Box)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 60 and 70 together.
There are a number of features in the Knowledge Development Box (“KDB”) which are specifically included to encourage claims by SMEs. For example, larger companies are required to apply transfer pricing standards to the documentation which is required to support a claim for relief under the KDB. While SMEs will need to have records to support any apportionments made, the administrative burden plac...

61. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the number of banks that have reached and not met their loan to value exemption limit in 2018, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19519/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Banking Sector Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 61 to 64, inclusive, together.
For reasons of confidentiality, the Central Bank of Ireland does not disclose information on individual banks. However, the Central Bank is in a position to disclose aggregate level information, and has provided the information in the following table. This outlines the 2017 year-end position for Loan to Value (LTV) and Loan to Income (LTI) by Private Dwelling Home (PDH) and Buy to Let...