95. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her key priorities in relation to the forthcoming capital review; the projects submitted for priority inclusion in the review; the status of negotiations with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the review; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2283/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): “Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021” was published in September 2015 by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on behalf of Government at that time. 
This capital plan set out that an indicative amount of €3.01 billion in capital investments would be made through the Department’s Vote primarily through the enterprise agencies covering the period 2016 – 2021 inclusive. 
The fund...

96. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if there have been bullying or sexual harassment claims lodged within her Department in each year since 2011; if so, the number of either complaints on an annual basis, in tabular form; if these complaints have been investigated; the outcome of each investigation; and the policies in place within her department to combat bullying and sexual harassment. (Question 2309/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Bullying in the Workplace)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): During the period in question, one complaint was lodged in 2017 under Dignity at Work – the Civil Service anti-bullying, harassment and sexual harassment policy. The complaint is the subject of an ongoing process and therefore it is not possible to state the outcome. Notwithstanding this, given the low number of complaints lodged during the period it would not be appropriate to disclose any outcome for risk of identif...

273. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the name of all internal reports and research studies conducted or commissioned by her Department and the agencies under her aegis since June 2016 on Brexit regarding SMEs, exports, trade and tariffs; the publication date of all such studies; the reports and research studies that remain incomplete; the date they are expected to be completed; and if each publication will be published. (Question 53687/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Brexit Documents)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Deputy will be aware of the various research projects underway in my Department to help build an understanding of the possible implications of Brexit on Ireland for enterprise, consumers and trading relations. 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 further mitigation measures to respond to Brexi...

274. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the trade missions that are scheduled for 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53967/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Trade Missions Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation(Deputy Heather Humphreys): Proposals for trade missions are developed by Enterprise Ireland in consultation with my Department on the basis of priority markets and specific interests of Enterprise Ireland client companies. Enterprise Ireland’s proposals for 2018 are currently under consideration and have not yet been finalised. Once finalised, Enterprise Ireland will submit the proposals to me for approval and the planned schedule of trade missi...

275. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if consideration will be given to designating Naas, County Kildare and surrounding areas as a food hub, in view of the strong agri-food sector in the locality; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53536/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Agrifood Sector)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): In this year’s, Action Plan for Jobs, we made the decision to place a specific focus on strengthening the rural and regional economy. 
Last Monday 11th December 2017, I announced the results of the first round of the new €60m competitive Regional Enterprise Development Fund. This Fund allows us to drive growth in key sectors or geographies across the country and build on our strengths, particularly in the context of Br...

276. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the Acts, or parts of Acts, awaiting commencement within her area of statutory responsibility; the reason for the delay in the commencement of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53561/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Details of Acts, or parts of Acts, for which I have responsibility and which have not been commenced, and the reasons that commencement orders have not been made, are set out in the table.
 Act/Section of Act that has not been Commenced Reason Commencement Order has not been made Legal Metrology (Measuring Instruments) Act (No. 31 of 2017) The Legal Metrology (Measuring Instruments) Act 2017 was signed by th...

277. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of progress to date by the CCPC regarding enforcement of the grocery goods regulations and monitoring compliance; the number of investigations undertaken in response to complaints under the grocery goods regulations; the number of enforcement actions made; the number of cases which concluded with fines issued; the amount in euro of fines issued; and the number of collected and uncollected fines, in tabular form. (Question 53641/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is the statutory independent body responsible for the enforcement of domestic and EU competition and consumer protection 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. I, as the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, have no direct function i...

278. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the 2018 allocation by the Health and Safety Authority for farm safety initiatives. (Question 53652/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Farm Safety)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Health and Safety Authority has recently received notification of its Exchequer funding allocation for 2018 and it will shortly determine funding allocations across its various work sectors including farm safety initiatives. These funding allocations can vary from year to year as the Authority decides on how to prioritise its non-pay funding in line with its overall Programme of Work. It is likely that projected e...

279. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of the sanctioned recruitment of six inspector posts for the farm inspection programme for the HSA that have been filled to date. (Question 53653/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Health and Safety Inspections)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) recently completed a recruitment campaign for 11 inspector posts, six of which are field inspection posts and these six inspectors will have an involvement in future farm inspection campaigns. Four of the six posts have been filled and the inspectors will be starting on January 8th. The HSA is awaiting approval for the contract of one other field inspector from my Department which...

280. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the details of each international IDA office abroad; the location of each; the number of full-time and part-time staff employed in each; and the costs of offices and staffing for each international office on an annual basis, in tabular form. (Question 53662/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - IDA Ireland Offices)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): At present, IDA Ireland has 21 overseas offices located across the Americas, Asia and Europe.
The Agency does not publicly release the specific cost breakdown of individual offices, as these details are sensitive in the context of international competition for foreign direct investment. The Agency can, however, provide the total costs associated with the network of offices abroad for 2016 which are outlined below:
Staff...

281. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the details of international Enterprise Ireland offices abroad; the location of each; number of full-time and part-time staff employed in each; and the costs of offices and staffing for each international office on an annual basis, in tabular form. (Question 53663/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Enterprise Ireland)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Enterprise Ireland works with Irish companies to help them identify opportunities in new markets. Through its network of 33 overseas offices and its extended Pathfinder (Trade Consultant) network, Enterprise Ireland provides client companies with appropriate support in markets where there are identified opportunities matched by client capability. In addition to incubation and hot-desking facilities, Enterprise Ireland’s...

282. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of companies that have completed the Brexit scorecard to date since it was established, by company size (details supplied), in tabular form. (Question 53664/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Brexit Documents)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Brexit Scorecard was launched by Enterprise Ireland in March 2017. It is an interactive online platform which can be used by Irish companies to self-assess their exposure to Brexit.
Businesses that complete the online questionnaire are assessed on their levels of preparedness under six key pillars - Business Strategy, Operations, Innovation, Sales and Marketing, Finance and People Management. On completion, the Scor...

283. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of full-time and part-time staff in the dedicated Brexit unit within her Department broken down by staff grade; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53665/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Brexit Staff)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): In 2016, my Department established a dedicated Brexit Unit to deal with the challenges of Brexit. This Unit leads on the coordination of the Department’s policy and operational responses to Brexit, including our approach to the negotiations within the EU and bilateral relations with the UK. The Brexit Unit oversees research and analysis being undertaken by the Department and its Agencies and monitors research published ...

284. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the details of each specific EU Competitiveness Council Ministers meeting in which she or her predecessors made the case for the need for a revision of State aid rules to protect Irish enterprises and related jobs during the UK’s two-year exit phase from the EU and subsequent transition phase; the date of each meeting in which this was raised, in tabular form; the progress made at EU level to increase state aid thresholds to support Irish enterprises from a hard Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53666/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - EU Meetings)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Since the Brexit Referendum, my predecessor, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, attended meetings of the Competitiveness Council on 29th September 2016, 28th November 2016 and 20th February 2017. State Aid rules did not feature on the agenda of these meetings. The Competitiveness Council is a consultative committee and is not a forum for direct representations from Member States. Nor does the Council propose changes to State A...

285. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of full-time and part-time staff hired since 1 January 2017 under the budget allocation (details supplied) to each State agency to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53668/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Brexit Expenditure)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As part of Budget 2017, my Department secured an additional €3 million in respect of Pay to assist in responding to the challenges and opportunities associated with Brexit. 
 The funding was allocated to the Department (€250,000) and the following State Agencies as follows:
- Enterprise Ireland (€1,700,000)
- IDA Ireland (€750,000)
- Science Foundation Ireland (€150,000)
- The Health and Safety Authority (€150,000)
Ente...

286. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of Enterprise Ireland exporting client companies that have availed of Be Prepared grants to date, by county, in tabular form. (Question 53669/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Brexit presents the most significant economic challenge of the past 50 years and long-term, structural and disruptive change will emerge. Following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the need to accelerate and implement competitiveness, innovation and market diversification strategies at a national and company level cannot be underestimated. This is at the crux of Enterprise Ireland’s 2017-2020 Build Scale and Expand Reach...

287. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of Brexit readiness vouchers from InterTradeIreland that have been availed of since being established, by county; and the value of such vouchers, in tabular form. (Question 53670/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Since the establishment of its Brexit Advisory Service, InterTrade Ireland has approved 24 vouchers for companies in Ireland. In addition, there are 17 voucher applications currently pending. The value of each voucher is €2,000 and details by County are set out in the table below. 
 County Approved Pending Cavan 2 2 Clare 1 2 Donegal 2 Dublin 6 5 Galway 2 Kildare 1 Kilkenny 1 1 ...

288. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of companies that have sought help via the Brexit advisory service of InterTradeIreland since the UK referendum to leave the EU in June 2016. (Question 53671/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): To date, InterTrade Ireland has engaged directly with over 1,000 SMEs through the various elements of its Brexit support service. 
The Body has also organised a total of 60 engagements to raise awareness of Brexit-related commercial issues. More such events will be held throughout 2018. In addition, since last May, nearly 37,000 visitors have consulted the Brexit section of the InterTrade Ireland website. 
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289. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the amount of annual budget expended on staff salaries and remuneration since the CCPC was established in euro and in percentage terms; and the amount of annual budget not expended on staff salaries and remuneration in euro and in percentage terms. (Question 53672/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the table.
 Year CCPC Pay Allocation CCPC Pay Allocation Spent % Pay Allocation Spent Pay Not Spent % of Pay Allocation Not Spent 2015 €7.556m €5.691m 75.32% €1.865m 24.68% 2016 €7.467m €5.673m 75.97% €1.794m 24.03% 2017 €7.694m 


 The above table captures the relevant figures for the CCPC annual budgets in the full ye...

290. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of staff since the CCPC was established working on competition enforcement in absolute terms and as a percentage of total staff. (Question 53673/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the table.
 Year No. of Staff Full Time Part Time No. of staff working on competition enforcement in absolute terms Percentage of total staff 2017 90 90 0 27 30.00% 2016 89 89 0 23 25.84% 2015 89 89 0 17 19.01% 2014 86 86 0 21 24.42% 


*Please note that a number of these people also work on car crime and pyramid selling.
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291. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the figures for categories (details supplied) since the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission was established. (Question 53674/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): From 31 October 2014 to 12 December 2017, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) took the following actions in relation to suspected anti-competitive conduct that does not fall within the definition of a cartel:
 Fines Total Investigations commenced 9 Inspections carried out 5 Prosecutions The CCPC investigates non-cartel offences as civil offences. In some cases the CCPC may take ci...

292. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the annual figures for categories (details supplied) since the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission was established. (Question 53675/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): From 31 October 2014 to 12 December 2017 the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) took the following actions in relation to suspected anti-competitive conduct that falls within the definition of a cartel:
 Fines Totals Investigations commenced 3 Inspections carried out 23 Prosecutions by Director of Public Prosecutions 1 Cases concluded with fines 1 Total amount of fines €17,50...

293. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of progress to date by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission regarding concert ticketing and motor insurance inquiries, such as price signalling concerns and personal contract plans used to finance motor purchases. (Question 53676/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): On the issue of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) investigations into concert ticketing and motor insurance, the CCPC is the statutory independent body responsible for the enforcement of domestic and EU competition 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. I, as Minister for Busi...

294. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of progress to date by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission regarding a screening programme for procurement processes which systematically searches for indications that bid rigging may have occurred. (Question 53677/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is the statutory independent body responsible for the enforcement of domestic and EU competition 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. I, as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, have no direct function in such matters.
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295. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the estimated timetable for the Irish national transposition of the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council, COM(2017)142 final 2017/0063 (COD), to empower the competition authorities of the member states to be more effective enforcers; and if officials in her Department have reviewed if implementation of this directive will empower the CCPC to issue civil financial sanctions. (Question 53678/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - EU Directives)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The proposal referred to by the Deputy is currently being discussed at EU Council Working Group level in Brussels. Agreement on the proposal is unlikely to be achieved until mid-2018 at the earliest. When agreed, the final text will specify a deadline by which Member States must transpose the Directive. The original proposal, as presented by the EU Commission, proposed a two-year period for transposition. 
On the iss...