Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (186)

Joan Collins

Question:

189 Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the sum of money Sligo County Council is required to provide to cover the cost of the operation of morgue and coroner expenses in the current year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34189/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

The procedures for preparing a budget by a local authority are set out in the Local Government Act 2001. I have no function in that process, which is reserved under the Act to members of the local authority concerned. As I explained in my answer to Question No. 31793/12 on 3 July 2012, the relevant Statutory Instrument (No. 155 of 2009) sets out on a statutory basis the various fees and expenses which are payable by a local authority in relation to the coroner service. I understand that the local authority in question is aware of its statutory obligations in relation to this service.