Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (146)

Enda Kenny

Question:

147 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the interdepartmental committees on which members of his Department sit and attend; the date upon which such committees were set up; the role and remit of such interdepartmental committees; the person to whom each interdepartmental committee reports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8139/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

Officials from my Department are involved in a large number of committees and advisory and working groups dealing with a range of issues and including members from other Departments as well as individuals from non-governmental organisations. In the table, I have included those interdepartmental committees whose principal activities come under the remit of this Department and whose membership is in the main confined to representatives from other Departments.

Name of Interdepartmental Committee

Date Committee founded

Role and Remit of Committee

Person to Whom Each Committee Reports

Working Group on Speed Cameras

December, 2003

To examine the scope of Garda speed detection process.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Interdepartmental Committee to oversee Piloting and Maintenance of Garda Helicopter

20 November, 2001.

To contract out the piloting and maintenance of the helicopter for a trial period.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

Monitoring Committee on the 3% Target for the Employment of People with Disabilities in the Public Service.

March, 1999

To monitor and guide progress towards achievement of the 3% target for the employment of people with disabilities in the public service.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

National Child-care Co-ordinating Committee.

December, 1999

To oversee the development of an integrated child-care infrastructure and provide a forum for the development of child-care policy.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Programme Appraisal Committee, Equal Opportunities Child-care Programme 2000-2006

August, 2000

To assess grant applications under the Programme and make recommendations to the Minister in relation to applications for funding.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

National Steering Committee on Violence Against Women

December, 1997

To provide a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, and cohesive response to female victims of violence.

Minister of State at Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

Interdepartmental Group on Asylum and Immigration Issues

May, 2003

To enhance co-operation between Departments and gardaí on asylum and immigration matters.

To both the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and Minister for Social Community and Family Affairs.

Committee to Monitor and Co-ordinate the implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force on the Travelling Community.

June 1998

To co-ordinate and monitor the recommendations on the Report of the Task Force on the Travelling Community and to serve as a forum for consultation on national issues concerning Travellers.

Progress report is submitted to Government periodically.

Working Group on Equality Proofing.

November, 1998

To develop administrative procedures for equality proofing.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

National Development Plan/Community Support Framework Equal Opportunities and Social Inclusion Co-ordinating Committee.

14 March, 2001

To secure the maximum application of commitments on equal opportunities, particularly gender equality, and social inclusion across the National Development Plan.

The Committee reports to the National Development Plan/Community Support Framework Monitoring Committee.

Cross Departmental Group on Immigration.

April, 2001.

To give the Departments concerned with the issue an input into the development of immigration policy to identify issues requiring a cross-Departmental approach which need to be catered for in comprehensive new immigration legislation in fulfilment of the Government’s commitment in this regard and to consider how to address them.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.