Written Answers. - Social Insurance Fund.

Willie Penrose

Question:

97 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Finance the progress made to date on the establishment and operation of the social insurance fund board; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17915/03]

The Programme for Prosperity and Fairness contained a commitment that the establishment of a social insurance fund board with representation from the social partners would be examined. This matter was the subject of discussions between IBEC, ICTU and relevant Departments. No agreement was reached in those discussions on whether such a board should be established.