Written Answers. - EC Council of Ministers Meetings.

70.

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

The only occasions since March 1987, on which I have been represented by another person at meetings of the EC Council of Ministers are as follows:

—The Council of Ministers meeting held in Luxembourg on 27 April 1989 was attended by the Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Seán McCarthy, TD;

—The Council of Ministers meeting (Informal) held in Athens on 5 November 1988 was attended by the Minister for Energy, Mr. Michael Smith, TD, who was at that time Minister of State at the Department of Energy; —The Council of Ministers meeting (Informal) held in Berlin on 28 April 1988 was attended by Ireland's Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.