Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (132)

John McGuinness

Question:

133 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children, further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 926 of 30 September 2003 and 281 of 21 October 2003, if he will now insist on a comprehensive response from the SEHB; the action taken to date in this case; if he has satisfied himself with the policy of the SEHB in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8233/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

I presume the Deputy is referring to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 23914/03 and 20419/03.

Parliamentary Question No. 23914/03, put down by the Deputy for answer on 21 October 2003, was answered on the day in question. Parliamentary Question No. 20419/03, put down for answer on 30 September 2003, was also answered on the day in question. It dealt with issues related to the transfer of a property in Myshall from my Department to the South Eastern Health Board.

The current position on the transfer of the property in question is that on 27 January 2004 the South Eastern Health Board informed my Department that the board's solicitors were in a position to revert to the Chief State Solicitor about the finalisation of the transfer process. The board had informed my Department that it was anticipated that the group set up by the board to look at the potential uses of the lands and buildings at Myshall would be in a position to report back by the end of February 2004.

I have asked the chief executive officer of the board to write directly to the Deputy outlining the current position with this report.