Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (66)

Richard Bruton

Question:

58 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number and value of awards withheld under benchmarking; and the recommendations of the performance verification group in each case. [4704/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

No benchmarking or Sustaining Progress awards are currently being withheld in the local government sector. Consideration of the position of certain general operatives in Dublin City Council who were involved in a work stoppage on 6 November 2003 had been deferred by the Secretary General of my Department, with the concurrence of the local government performance verification group, pending the outcome of a Labour Court hearing on the matter. This matter has now been resolved and the Secretary General, with the agreement of the performance verification group, has approved the payment of the benchmarking and the Sustaining Progress increases to this group with effect from 1 January 2004.