Written Answers. - Departmental Legislation.

John Gormley

Question:

914 Mr. Gormley asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his views on whether formal identification required under section 2 of the Statutory Declarations Act, 1938, where the person making the statutory declaration must be known to the witness, needs to be revised; his further views on whether the production of a passport should be sufficient; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20013/00]

I have no proposals, at present, to amend the Statutory Declarations Act, 1938, under which a person who is authorised to take or receive a statutory declaration from another person, unless it is otherwise prescribed by statute, is required to know that person personally or have the person identified by a person who is personally known to him or her. Provision in amending legislation of the kind suggested by the Deputy is not in contemplation.