asked the Minister for External Affairs if he will state with reference to Recommendation 539 on Road Safety in the manufacture of motor vehicles, which was adopted by the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe on 27th September 1968, what has been done, or will be done, so that studies on the different aspects of road safety and measures to combat road traffic accidents will be co-ordinated in this country under the authority of a single body.
Written Answers. - Council of Europe Recommendations.
Studies on the different aspects of road safety and measures to combat road traffic accidents are co-ordinated under the authority of the Minister for Local Government in consultation with interested bodies, particularly An Foras Forbartha, the local road authorities and the Garda Síochána.
asked the Minister for External Affairs what is the attitude of the Government with regard to sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph 11 (ii) of Recommendation 516 on the function and future of the Council of Europe which was adopted by the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe on 1st February, 1968; and whether they will agree to the proposal of rationalising the system of the Council of Europe for intergovernmental co-operation, by linking technical Ministerial conferences with existing executive organs.
The attitude of the Government with regard to sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph 11 (ii) of Recommendation 516 is that they consider as satisfactory the present structural arrangements of the Council whereby the Committee of Ministers is the body which co-ordinates the work of the Council as a whole. Accordingly, they would not favour subordinating to other institutions the existing executive organs which were established by the Committee of Ministers under the Council's statute to assist and advise it in the performance of its functions.