I recently asked the Minister for Health when he had received advice from his officials on the impact of announcing a recheck of cervical smear tests, if he had held meetings with them at that time, the discussion that took place and if he would make a statement on the matter.
His written reply did not answer any of the specific questions I tabled. I have complained under Standing Order 44 in that regard. I ask the Taoiseach to take this up with the Minister in the context of the CervicalCheck tribunal Bill that is on the Order Paper and on the legislative programme, which is important legislation to follow through on a commitment that was given by the Government. It is equally important to be fully transparent in all decisions that were taken on that issue, the background to those decisions being taken, and the advices received. I ask the Taoiseach to ensure that the Minister gives me a full reply to that and indicates when he thinks the Bill will be before the House.