Written Answers. - Medical Council.

James McDaid

Question:

96 Dr. McDaid asked the Minister for Health the expenses incurred by members of the Medical Council and of all the Medical Council's committees in each of the years from 1992 to 1995; and the way in which these expenses are calculated. [8778/96]

, Limerick East): The information relating to the expenses incurred by members of the Medical Council requested by the Deputy in each of the years 1992 to 1995 is as follows:

£IR

1992

27,004

1993

33,779

1994

50,844

1995

47,468

The council has indicated that these figures include expenses incurred by members in attending not only meetings of the council and its nine committees, but otherad hoc meetings as well. Approved Civil Service subsistence and motor mileage rates are paid by the council to its members. Claims in respect of other expenditure require the production of a receipt.

James McDaid

Question:

97 Dr. McDaid asked the Minister for Health the legal advisers to the Medical Council; the criteria used for their selection; whether the Medical Council has any permanent salaried senior council; and the cost incurred for legal advice in each of the years from 1992 to 1995. [8779/96]

, Limerick East): I have had inquiries made of the Medical Council in relation to the matter raised by the Deputy. The council has informed me that the cost incurred by it for general legal advice for each of the years 1992 to 1995 is as follows:—

£IR

1992

6,050

1992

7,260

1994

16,149

1995

24,405

These figures do not include costs incurred for legal representation in respect of fitness to practise hearings, court proceedings etc. I have asked the council to supply me with this information and I will forward it to the Deputy in due course.
The Medical Council has also informed me that its legal advisers are John M. McDowell & Co., Solicitors, 36 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. The council reviews the appointment of its legal advisers on a regular basis. Normally this is done on an annual basis. The council does not have any permanent salaried senior counsel.