Written Answers. - Leaking of Confidential Information.

Joe Walsh

Question:

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.