Written Answers. - Leaking of Confidential Information.

Joe Walsh


44 Mr. J. Walsh asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communication if his attention has been drawn to the leaking of confidential information from a meeting held in his Department on 8 March 1995, (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7421/95]

The holding of the meeting in question was, as the Deputy will be aware, a matter of public information. On 21 February 1995 I announced in the House my intention to set up that meeting and gave a clear indication of its purpose. That purpose was to facilitate the exchange of information and to provide a forum for discussion on the issue of multi-channel television.

As the Deputy has pointed out, the meeting did go ahead as planned and, as I said following the meeting, it provided a useful and frank exchange of views. This fact was public knowledge and I am not aware of the leaking of any confidential information from that meeting.

Finally, I must point out that those discussions were held without prejudice to legal proceedings in which I am a defendant. Those proceedings are currently being heard by the High Court and, as the issues central to the meeting are also central to that court case, the Deputy will appreciate that I cannot comment further on the matter at this time.