Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Bernard Allen

Question:

31 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the changes, if any, he proposes to make in the promotions system within his Department. [22058/98]

A review of the arrangements for promotions to the grades of counsellor and assistant secretary is currently being carried out in the Department of Foreign Affairs. I have asked the Secretary-General of the Department to pursue consultations on promotions policy with all concerned, including the relevant staff associations. I do not wish at this stage to anticipate the outcome of the review.