Dáil Éireann - Volume 502 - 11 March, 1999

Written Answers. - Company Investigations.

[419] 71. Mr. N. Ahern asked the Minister for Finance if he will have investigations made into a company (details supplied) which is offering itself to householders as builders and house repairers and charging exorbitant rates for shoddy or imaginary work; the powers, if any, which exist to prevent it operating; if he will report on the company in relation to payment of VAT, tax, employers' tax and PRSI; if workers are claiming unemployment benefits; if the company is registered; and if he will provide details of the address and company directors. [7563/99]

Minister for Finance (Mr. McCreevy): It is established practice that a Minister for Finance does not answer a parliamentary question about the tax affairs of an individual or company, other than when the Deputy asking the question was asking on behalf of the taxpayer. In this instance, it would appear that the Deputy is not asking the question with the consent of the company concerned. In the circumstances, therefore, I regret that I must accept the advice of the Revenue Commissioners that the information sought should not be divulged on the grounds of confidentiality.