May 30, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Finance Ireland's gross domestic saving rate as a percentage of GDP.
Reply from Minister Michael Noonan: I am assuming the Deputy is referring to the household savings rate. The latest preliminary estimates from the Central Statistics Office indicate that gross household savings amounted to €11,084 million in 2012. This equates to 6.8 per cent of GDP in 2012.
I would point out that the gross household savings rate is typically expressed as a percentage of gross household disposable income. Expressed in this way, the savings rate was 12.5 per cent last year.
::: Farm Assist Recipients 2008 to 2012
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons by county, in receipt of farm assist for each of the past five years.
Reply from Minister Joan Burton: The information requested by the Deputy is collated by my Department annually for inclusion in the Statistical Information on Social Welfare Services report which is laid before the Dáil when published and copies lodged in the Oireachtas library. Furthermore these reports are available to the public at www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Annual-Statistical-Information-Reports.aspx.
I enclose for the Deputy’s convenience a tabular statement detailing the number of persons in receipt of farm assist at the 31st of December in each of the years 2008 to 2012.
May 30, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons receiving one parent family payment by county in 2012.
Reply from Minister Joan Burton: There were 87,918 persons in receipt of a one-parent family payment at the 31st of December 2012. I attach a tabular statement detailing the breakdown of this number on a county by county basis.
May 29, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of legal separations and divorces granted in each of the past five years.
Reply from Minister Alan Shatter: The Deputy will be aware that, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service and I have no role in the matter. Section 4(3) of the 1998 Act provides that the Courts Service is independent in the performance of its functions, which includes the provision of statistics.
However, in order to be of assistance, I have had enquiries made with the Courts Service and the information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table above.
Dáil Éireann allocates a certain amount of time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during which Deputies may ask questions of Members of the Government relating to Public Affairs connected with their Departments, or on matters of administration for whch they are officially responsible. The Taoiseach answers questions on his own Department on Tuesdays/Wednesdays.