Written Answers. - Probation and Welfare Service.

John Bruton

Question:

799 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the financial and staffing implications for the probation and welfare service of the implementation of section 26 and section 28 of the Guardianship of Infants Act, 1964 (inserted by section 11 of the Children Act, 1997), currently not being implemented as a result of budgetary considerations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1075/99]

Section 11 of the Children Act, 1997 inserted new sections 26 and 28 into the Guardianship of Infants Act, 1964. These amendments are subject to a commencement order which has not yet been made.

The financial and staffing implications for the Probation and Welfare Service of the implementation of sections 26 and 28 of the Guardianship of Infants Act, 1964 is estimated as follows: one assistant principal probation and welfare officer; two senior probation and welfare officers; ten probation and welfare officers and two clerical officers.

The total cost of providing this service would be in the region of £400,000 per annum.