Dáil Éireann - Volume 571 - 30 September, 2003

Written Answers. - Film Industry Development.

  780. Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the steps he has taken to ensure that the section 481 tax incentive for the [536] film industry is retained; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20537/03]

  789. Mr. J. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if his attention has been drawn to major concerns raised in connection with the future of the film industry here; his views on these concerns; and his plans for the development of the industry. [20810/03]

  792. Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if representations have been made by his Department regarding the continuance of tax relief for film production. [21326/03]

  Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism (Mr. O'Donoghue): I propose to take Questions Nos. 780, 789 and 792 together.

  I am well aware of the concerns that exist in the film sector regarding the proposed expiry from end-2004 of the section 481 tax relief scheme for investment in film production. With the Irish Film Board, my Department has commissioned PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct an analysis of the implications of the scheme and, on the basis of that analysis, I will discuss the issues arising, and where we go from here, with the Minister for Finance.