Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (298)

Seán Haughey

Question:

427 Mr. Haughey asked the Minister for Transport the reason the Railway Procurement Agency was established; if Iarnród Éireann could have fulfilled these obligations instead; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3007/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

The Railway Procurement Agency was set up under the Transport (Railway Infrastructure ) Act 2001 which was enacted by the Oireachtas in 2001. The rationale for the establishment of the agency was set out in my predecessor's Second Stage speech to Dáil Éireann in 2001, which can be found in Vol. 542 of the Parliamentary Debates of 18 October 2001. I will arrange to have a copy sent to the Deputy.