Dáil Éireann - Volume 526 - 22 November, 2000
Written Answers. - Company Investigations.
Mr. McDowell Mr. McDowell
121. Mr. McDowell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the total costs incurred by the State, at the latest date for which figures are available, arising from the various inquiries instigated by or on behalf of her Department; the element of these costs that have been recovered from NIB; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26567/00]
Ms Harney Ms Harney
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Ms Harney): The costs incurred on recent company investigations initiated by or on behalf of my Department currently amount to about £4.05 million. This amount does not include the salary costs of Civil Service staff who are working on a number of these investigations. Similarly, the major proportion of the legal costs relating to the investigations are being borne by the Vote of the Chief State Solicitor.
Of this amount, the cost of the inquiries into National Irish Bank Limited and National Irish Bank Financial Services Limited which are being undertaken by High Court inspectors under section 8 of the Companies Act, 1990, currently stands at about £2.56 million. None of this has yet been recovered from the two companies. As I have indicated on numerous occasions, it is my intention to request the High Court to seek the full recoupment from the companies concerned of the significant costs of these inquiries on their completion.
Of the balance of £1.49 million, the principal areas of expenditure have been incurred on the investigations of Ansbacher (Cayman) limited (£865,000), Bula Resources (Holdings) plc (£203,000), Faxhill Homes limited (£143,000), IIB Bank limited (£88,000) and various other investigations (£25,000).
As previously indicated, the sum also includes £170,000 in respect of the State's portion of the costs of liquidation of the group of companies associated with the Clonmannon retirement village.
Dáil Éireann 526 Written Answers. Company Investigations.