54. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of complaints that were made to the CCPC in each of the years 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017 by industry sector; and the number of complaints in which no action was taken. (Question 44430/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is the statutory body responsible for the enforcement of competition and consumer law in the State. Section 9(5) of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 provides that the CCPC is independent in the performance of its functions, including its day to day operational work regarding complaints made to it. Section 10 of that Act, which refers...

55. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of times the CCPC has made requests for additional personnel or financial resources since 2015. (Question 44431/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 56 together.
On one occasion each in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) requested additional personnel. In 2015, the request was for 16 additional personnel. In 2016, it requested 6 additional personnel and to date this year, it has requested 1 additional staff member. These figures do not include requests for backfilling o...

56. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her views on whether the CCPC has enough resources to perform its functions in compliance with the legislation under which it operates. (Question 44432/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 56 together.
On one occasion each in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) requested additional personnel. In 2015, the request was for 16 additional personnel. In 2016, it requested 6 additional personnel and to date this year, it has requested 1 additional staff member. These figures do not include requests for backfilling o...

57. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the meetings she has had with the CCPC. (Question 44433/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Since I have taken office as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, I had an introductory meeting with the Chairperson and two Members of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) on 6 September 2017. I also met with the Chairperson of the CCPC on 5 October 2017 in the context of my meeting on Brexit with the heads of all relevant bodies under the remit of my Department.
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58. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the meetings her officials have had with the CCPC since 2015. (Question 44434/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): In compliance with the Service Level Agreement in place between the Department and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), my officials meet formally with the Chairperson and other officials of the CCPC on a quarterly basis. The CCPC also meets with the Management Board of the Department at least once a year. 
In addition, ad hoc meetings are scheduled as required to discuss matters of m...

59. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when the €300 million Brexit loan scheme fund announced in budget 2018 will open for applications; the length of time the fund will remain open for applications; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44454/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Brexit Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 59 and 60 together.
The Brexit Loan Scheme will provide affordable working capital financing to Irish businesses that are either currently impacted by Brexit, or will be in the future. The new Scheme will be delivered by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) through commercial lenders to get much needed working capital into Irish businesses. 
The minimum loan ...

60. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the criteria necessary for persons to apply for loans under the €300 million Brexit loan scheme fund announced in budget 2018; the minimum and maximum amounts permitted to be loaned; the collateral requirements which will be required; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44455/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Brexit Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 59 and 60 together.
The Brexit Loan Scheme will provide affordable working capital financing to Irish businesses that are either currently impacted by Brexit, or will be in the future. The new Scheme will be delivered by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) through commercial lenders to get much needed working capital into Irish businesses. 
The minimum loan ...

61. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the individual allocation for each non-commercial State sponsored body under her Department’s aegis (details supplied) announced in budget 2018; and the 2017 allocation for each body. (Question 44456/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Departmental Agencies Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The distribution of exchequer funding allocations as per the 2017 Revised Estimates Volume for each Agency under the aegis of my Department and as provided through my Department’s Vote is set out in the table.  
 2017 Revised Estimates Volume Allocations  - Intertrade Ireland €7.960m IDA Ireland €179.264m National Standards Authority of Ireland €5.802m Enterprise Ireland €269.502m Scienc...

77. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the new budget allocation of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement for 2018. (Question 44108/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The distribution of the 2018 allocations across my Department’s Vote, including that of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, will be determined through the 2018 Revised Estimates Volume (REV) process which will be conducted in the weeks ahead. 
It is expected that finalisation and publication of the 2018 REV allocations will be made by my colleague, the Minister for Finance and Public Expen...

78. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of businesses estimated to avail of the new €300 million Brexit loan scheme; the average size of loans envisaged; when the scheme will come into operation; the length of time the scheme will operate for; and if she will provide detailed information on the proposal. (Question 44109/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Brexit Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Brexit Loan Scheme will provide affordable working capital financing to Irish businesses that are either currently impacted by Brexit, or will be in the future. The new Scheme will be delivered by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) through commercial lenders to get much needed working capital into Irish businesses. 
The minimum loan size will be €25,000. The maximum loan size is stil...

79. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the 2017 and 2018 budget allocations for all offices and agencies under her Department’s aegis, in tabular form. (Question 44110/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Budgets)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The distribution of exchequer funding allocations as per the 2017 Revised Estimates Volume for each Office and Agency under the aegis of my Department and as provided through my Department’s Vote is set out in the table.  
The distribution of the 2018 allocations will be determined though the 2018 Revised Estimates Volume (REV) process which will be conducted in the weeks ahead. It is expected that finali...

80. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of additional staff that will be allocated to the Health and Safety Authority in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44111/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Health and Safety Authority Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): As Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection I welcomed record funding in Budget 2018 totaling €871 million for this Department. This included an increase of €400,000 for 2018 in the Health and Safety Authority’s pay allocation which will enable it prepare to meet the challenges its regulatory functions will face post Brexit.
To date in 2017, the Authority ...

81. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the State boards under the aegis of her Department which are subject to the provisions of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44166/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Agencies Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The following agencies under the aegis of my Department are required to implement the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies:
- Enterprise Ireland;
- National Standards Authority of Ireland;
- The Personal Injuries Assessment Board;
- Health and Safety Authority;
- IDA Ireland;
- Science Foundation Ireland;
- Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority.
The Competition and Consumer Pro...

82. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the funding provided by her Department to the European Consumer Centre, Dublin, in each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44167/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 to 84, inclusive, together.
ECC Ireland is a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. It is a non-profit organisation and registered as a charity with the Charities Regulatory Authority. 
Companies limited by guarantee (CLG) operate under Part 18 of the Companies Act 2014. Sections 1194-1198 of the Act apply in relation to the appointment of Directors to ...

83. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the persons appointed by her Department to the board of the European Consumer Centre, Dublin; the number of male and female board members; the date of first appointment of each board member; the number of terms served by each board member; when the term of office of each current board member will expire, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44168/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 to 84, inclusive, together.
ECC Ireland is a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. It is a non-profit organisation and registered as a charity with the Charities Regulatory Authority. 
Companies limited by guarantee (CLG) operate under Part 18 of the Companies Act 2014. Sections 1194-1198 of the Act apply in relation to the appointment of Directors to ...

84. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if appointments to the board of the European Consumer Centre, Dublin, made since November 2014 have been made in line with Government guidelines on appointments to State boards, including public advertisement of vacancies on stateboards.ie; if appointments to the board of the ECC Dublin are made in line with section 4.5 of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies on terms of appointment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44169/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 to 84, inclusive, together.
ECC Ireland is a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. It is a non-profit organisation and registered as a charity with the Charities Regulatory Authority. 
Companies limited by guarantee (CLG) operate under Part 18 of the Companies Act 2014. Sections 1194-1198 of the Act apply in relation to the appointment of Directors to ...

85. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the criteria required to apply for the €300 million Brexit loan scheme for SMEs announced in budget 2018; when details of the scheme will become available from the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44170/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Brexit Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Brexit Loan Scheme will provide affordable working capital financing to Irish businesses that are either currently impacted by Brexit, or will be in the future. The new Scheme will be delivered by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) through commercial lenders to get much needed working capital into Irish businesses. 
The criteria for the Brexit Loan Scheme are still being finalised. B...

101. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of a work permit for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43774/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Work Permits Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The General Employment Permit application in respect of the named individual was received in the Employment Permits Section and was placed in the processing queue on the 11/09/2017.
Applications are processed strictly in date order by Employer Type i.e. Trusted Partner or Standard Employer and the Section is currently processing Standard Employer applications received during the week beginning the 4th Sept...

102. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the name, costs, date of commission, date or expected date of publication of the external consultant of all external reports commissioned by her Department since June 2016 regarding Brexit, in tabular form; and if all such reports have been published. (Question 43379/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Consultancy Contracts Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My department is conducting a number of research projects to build an understanding of the possible implications of Brexit on Ireland for trading relations, enterprise and consumers. These studies will provide an evidence base to inform Ireland’s policy positions as part of the wider negotiation on the UK’s future relationship with the EU and help to inform our broader policy response to Brexit. The detail...

103. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the selection process regarding trade experts who will serve as members of the various CETA committees; if these experts will come from industry, academia or otherwise; if she has a role in the selection of members of committees; the number of these experts that will sit on each committee; the length of time they will spend on the committee; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43404/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Trade Agreements)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 103 and 104 together.
The EU-Canada Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) entered into force provisionally on the 21st September 2017. This means that Irish companies may now take advantage of the all-important provisions of CETA including the elimination of tariffs on almost all key exports, access to the Canadian procurement market, the easing of regulatory b...

104. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her Department has carried out an analysis of the potential costs of CETA’s investment court system, ICS, on the State; if the costs arising from defending future cases in the ICS will be paid from the Exchequer; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43405/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Trade Agreements)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 103 and 104 together.
The EU-Canada Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) entered into force provisionally on the 21st September 2017. This means that Irish companies may now take advantage of the all-important provisions of CETA including the elimination of tariffs on almost all key exports, access to the Canadian procurement market, the easing of regulatory b...

105. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the State bodies or boards that fall under the remit of her Department; and the number of members of each State body or board who are not qualified within the field in which the board or body has oversight. (Question 43409/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Departmental Bodies Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): In the time available, it has not been possible to provide the information requested. I will provide this information to the Deputy once it is available.
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106. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the way in which section 22 of the Dangerous Substances Act 1972 is being enforced; the number of enforcement procedures undertaken arising from non-compliance with the Act; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43590/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Health and Safety Regulations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Section 22 of the Dangerous Substances 1972 deals with the marking of containers of petroleum-spirit (other than the fuel tank of an engine). It states that every container shall be clearly and conspicuously marked with the words “Petroleum- Spirit” and “Highly Inflammable”.
I have been informed by the Health and Safety (HSA) that they have not specifically targeted, or taken action, regarding the marking ...

107. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of the various categories of work permits such as critical skills permit for non-EU nationals per industry that sector have been granted to companies in the mid-west region over the past two years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43894/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Work Permits Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Irish State’s general policy is to promote the sourcing of labour and skills needs from within the workforce of Ireland, the European Union and other EEA states. Policy in relation to the application and granting of employment permits remains focused on facilitating the recruitment from outside the EEA of highly skilled personnel, where the requisite skills cannot be met by normal recruitment or by tra...

108. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to introduce a sectoral employment order for workers in the early years preschool sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43902/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Employment Rights)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act of 2015 provides for a new statutory framework for establishing minimum rates of remuneration and other terms and conditions of employment for a specified type, class or group of workers. 
In this context, the new framework sets down a mechanism whereby at the request, separately or jointly from organisations substantially representative of employers and/or of w...