Written Answers. - Departmental Agencies.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

341 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Defence the committees, boards, companies or other bodies under the auspices of his Department which were established pursuant to statutory instrument; if he will give details of the statutory instrument in each case; if there are any proposals to have the body in question given a basis in statute as opposed to statutory instrument; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19664/00]

There are no committees, boards, companies or other bodies under the auspices of my Department which were established pursuant to statutory instrument.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

342 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Defence the committees, boards, companies or other bodies under the auspices of his Department which were established otherwise than pursuant to statute or statutory instrument; if there are any proposals to have the body in question given a statutory basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19679/00]

Other than routine departmental committees which are established on an ongoing basis, the following bodies have been established under the auspices of my Department: the naval and air services consultation group was established on an administrative basis on foot of the special studies of the Air Corps and Naval Service conducted by the efficiency audit group. There are no current proposals to have the body in question given a statutory basis; an interdepartmental defence and security environment assessment committee was established on an administrative basis as part of the process which led to the publication of the White Paper on Defence. There are no current proposals to have the body in question given a statutory basis and arising from the Partnership 2000 Agreement for Inclusion, Employment and Competitiveness a number of partnership committees have been established. There are no current proposals to have the committees in question given a statutory basis.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

343 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Defence the committees, boards, companies or other bodies under the auspices of his Department which it is proposed to establish; if it is intended that each such body will have a statutory basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19694/00]

Other than routine departmental committees which are established on an ongoing basis, it is proposed to establish, under the aegis of my Department, a new statutory authority to manage the Curragh of Kildare, with the exception of the Curragh military camp. It is envisaged that formal proposals will be submitted for Government approval early in 2001.