Written Answers. - Employment Rights Legislation.

Michael Ring

Question:

124 Mr. Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her plans to change the law in relation to au pairs; if she will consider the introduction of au pair visas being stamped for two years, rather than one year; and if she will put the onus on the agencies to notify the Government if au pairs here do not fulfil their contract. [19154/03]

Michael Ring

Question:

125 Mr. Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when Ireland will sign the treaty on European agreement on au pair placement. [19155/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 124 and 125 together.

My Department has no statutory function in relation to the conditions under which au pairs are admitted to Ireland or in regard to their placement. Au pairs are students, not employees, and accordingly do not come within the scope of my Department's employment rights legislation or work permit system. Au pairs would, however, be subject to the usual immigration requirements, which are a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

Question No. 126 answered with Question No. 118.

Question No. 127 answered with Question No. 111.