Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (510, 511, 512)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

524 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he is considering new legislation to target potential illegal gold trading operations on foot of the recent Departmental review of the cash for gold sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34578/12]

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Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

530 Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an update on measures being considered to regulate the marketing and operation of money for gold outlets and agents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34685/12]

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Jerry Buttimer

Question:

598 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to introduce legislation to regulate the operation of businesses which offer cash for gold services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35194/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 524, 530 and 598 together.

I can inform the Deputies that on 19 June 2012 I published a report on the criminal justice aspects of the cash for gold trade which was prepared by my Department.

I have formally requested the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence to consider the content of the report, that it considers holding hearings on the issues raised in the report, that it obtains the views of all relevant interested parties and that it makes such report and recommendations to the Houses of the Oireachtas and to Government as it deems proportionate and appropriate in the public interest.