I propose to take Question Nos. 42, 100 and 104 together.
To support and facilitate family friendly policies in the workplace, the National Framework Committee for the Development of Family Friendly Policies at the Level of the Enterprise, was established under the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness. The committee comprises representatives of ICTU, IBEC, public sector employers, the Equality Authority, a number of Departments, and is chaired by my Department.
The national framework committee has already undertaken a number of initiatives to raise awareness and provide information. The first Family Friendly Workplace Day, supported by ICTU, IBEC and the Equality Authority, was held on 1 March. My colleague, the Tánaiste, Deputy Harney, launched a new interactive web site, www.familyfriendly.ie, and an information brochure entitled "An Introduction to Family Friendly Working Arrangements" on behalf of the National Framework Committee to coincide with Family Friendly Workplace Day.
As part of the information and awareness campaign being undertaken by the committee, a series of follow-on actions are planned. There is a programme of four regional seminars scheduled from April to June, in Dundalk, Galway, Waterford and Cork. It is hoped that Family Friendly Workplace Day, and the regional seminars will be the springboard for a range of new initiatives at enterprise level.