Written Answers. - EC Council of Ministers Meetings.

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asked the Minister for Finance the number of occasions since March 1987 on which he has been represented at meetings of the EC Council of Ministers by (a) his Minister of State (b) the Secretary of his Department and (c) other senior civil servants.

Representation at meetings of the Council of Ministers (ECOFIN) since March 1987 by other than the Minister has been as follows: (a) Ministers of State — 3 occasions, (b) Secretary of the Department of Finance — 1 occasion, (c) other senior civil servants (the Permanent Representative) — 3 occasions.

As regards meetings of the Council of Ministers (BUDGET), representation is normally at Minister of State level. Mrs. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn T.D., Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach has, with the exception of one meeting attended by Mr. Noel Treacy T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Finance, attended all such meetings of the Council since March 1987.