Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (514, 515, 516)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

631 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children if a survey of staff to determine interest in participating in the decentralisation programme has been undertaken in his Department; when it will be completed; and if the results will be published or otherwise made available to Deputies. [2333/04]

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Richard Bruton

Question:

760 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Health and Children if assessments are underway in his Department on the activities proposed for decentralisation; the impact on the operations of the Department; the risks to the organisation attendant on this move; the measures that will be put in place to minimise disruption; and if these reports will be presented to him at an early date for consideration. [1980/04]

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Enda Kenny

Question:

785 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Health and Children if a survey of staff in his Department has been conducted to ascertain the number willing to take part in the Government decentralisation plans; if he will detail the results of any such survey and the number of staff who wish to decentralise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2241/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 631, 760 and 785 together.

With regard to the implications for the Department of Health and Children, of the public service decentralisation plan, my Department must await a decision by Government on the location of the headquarters of the Health Service Executive.

The Health Service Executive has been asked to make a recommendation on the location of the headquarters. I will bring this recommendation to Government and the Government will decide on the location of the headquarters. I have asked the Health Service Executive to give this priority.

I trust that the Deputies will appreciate that my Department is not in a position to furnish the information sought, at this point in time.