Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (119, 120)

Phil Hogan

Question:

199 Mr. Hogan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will review the criteria for eligibility of community employment schemes, to remove the three year cap and make allowance for workers over 50 years old to have unlimited time to work on community employment projects; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6531/04]

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Paul Kehoe

Question:

206 Mr. Kehoe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, further to Question No. 146 of 11 February 2004, when the current review of the structure of the CE programme will be complete and changes to be made confirmed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6841/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 199 and 206 together.

The future structure of the community employment programme is under review by a group of senior officials and FÁS who are expected to report to Ministers on the outcome of their deliberations shortly. The outcome of this review will inform any future adjustments in the structure and the terms and conditions of participation on community employment.