Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (255)

Niall Collins

Question:

255. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide in a tabular form the total list of quasi-governmental organisations and agencies under his remit; if he will provide a list of quasi-governmental organisations and agencies under his remit that have been abolished since March 2011 or are scheduled to be abolished and the date on which they are due to be abolished; the date on which the body was created; the name of the body; the 2012 budget for the body; the number of employees of the body in 2012; the names of any outside consultants hired by the organisation since March 2011 and what future plans he has for the body. [49316/12]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I can inform the Deputy that the information he requested is set out in the table below and in the associated footnotes. There are no quasi-Governmental organisations under my remit. Information regarding the hiring of outside consultants on the part of An Garda Síochána could not be provided in the time allowed. As soon as this information becomes available, it will be forwarded directly to the Deputy.

Name of Agency under Remit of Department

Date of Establishment

Number of Staff (2012)

Budget for 2012 (€)

Outside Consultants hired by Agency since March 2011

Reason Consultants Hired

Censorship of Publications Board

16 July, 1929

0

nil

none

n/a

Censorship of Publications Appeal Board

1946

0

nil

none

n/a

Classification of Films Appeal Board

16 July 1923

9

nil

none

n/a

Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests (1)

1844

6

440,000

none

n/a

Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime

April, 2005

Nil

1,162,000

Nil

-

Courts Service

9 November, 1999

933

Expenditure 107,000,000

Income 52,000,000

Punter Southall

Hewitt Associates Ltd.

Achilles Procurement Services

Investment Consultants

Investment Advisory Services

Advice on Procurement

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

8 May, 1974

3.8

Pay 221,000

Non-pay 4,016,000

none

n/a

Criminal Law Codification Advisory Committee (2)

1 February 2007

Nil

No expenditure has been incurred on this project since 2010

Nil

-

Equality Authority (3)

1999

34 staff with 33.1 (w.t.e.)

2,984,000

DHKN

DHKN

Andrew Doyle Safety Consultants

Eneclann Ltd.

Review of Internal Financial Control Procedures Manual

Risk Register Management Process

Health & Safety Consultancy

Record Management Services

Equality Tribunal (4)

1999

28 staff with 26.5 (w.t.e)

2,225,000

Nil

n/a

Forensic Science Laboratory (5))

1975

86 FTEs; 95 staff

9,100,000

Stratigos,

Mc Geough

Business Process improvement.

Relationship and communication

Garda Síochána

1922

13,505

1,445,000,000

Not available in requested time

-

Garda Siochana Complaints Board (6)

1987

2

220,000

None

-

Garda Síochána Complaints Appeal Board (7)

1987

-

n/a

-

-

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission

10 February, 2006

79

8,731,000

None

-

Garda Síochána Inspectorate

28 July 2006

7

1,200,000

Christopher Fox

Provision of advice on the rationalisation of senior management positions in the Garda Siochana.

Human Rights Commission(3)

2001

10

1,425,000

Nil

n/a

IFCO (formerly Office of Film Censor)

16 July 1923

15

845,000

none

n/a

Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains

May 1999

n/a

1,057,821

n/a

n/a

Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (8)

September 1997

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Independent Monitoring Commission (9)

January, 2004

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Irish Prison Service (10)

1999

3,427.1

317,875,000

Dr Michael Farrell

Archaeological Management

Messrs Joseph G Byrne & Sons

McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors

Gartner Ireland Ltd

Review of Drug treatment in Prison

Advise in Assessing Tender

Actuary Report for Doctor Post

Procurement Advices

ICT Advice

Legal Aid Board (11)

11 October, 1996

366

32,922,000

1. PAPS Public

2. Seamus O’Dwyer

1. Pensions advice

2. Pensions advice

Mental Health Criminal Law Review Board

September, 2006

3

477,000

Dr. Ann Leader

Dr. Robert Daly

Dr. Maria Romanos

Dr. Sean O'Domhnaill

To provide an independent psyschiatric report on patients detained in the Central Mental Hospital

National Disability Authority

12 June, 2000

31.9 WTE

4,550,000

SMP Design;

MHC Solicitors; Mazars; Dr R Ibofen

H&S and fire evacuation, legal advice, facilitation support in developing Strategic Plan, and specialised ethical expertise.

Office of the Data Protection Commissioner

1988

22

1,458, 000

One consultant Financial Technology Risk Solutions Ltd

Technical expert required as part of audit work.

Office of the Inspector of Prisons

April 2002

4

413,000

n/a

n/a

Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner

November, 2000

97 WTE

2011 outturn

6,626,000

No

n/a

Parole Board

April, 2001

3.5

344,000

n/a

n/a

Private Security Authority

28 October, 2004

36

2,343,000

Lowers and Associates, 45/47 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3PF

Technical Advice and Risk Assessment services to the Private Security Authority (PSA) relating to the statutory licensing of the Cash in Transit sector of the Irish Private Security Industry.

Probation Service

Set up under 1907 Act

400.3

40,171,000

n/a

n/a

Property Registration Authority

Land Registry and Registry of Deeds

2006

1892 and 1708

547

32,661,000

2011 - COA Solutions Ltd

Daniel O'Brien

Tribal Consulting Ltd

2012- Daniel O'Brien

Enterprise Registry Solutions Ltd

Consultancy re Virtualisation

Design work on Annual Report

ICT Security Audit

Design work on Annual report

Web service Development and Design

Property Services Regulatory Authority (12)

3 April, 2012

7.5

728,000

none

n/a

Refugee Appeals Tribunal (13)

November, 2000

41 WTE

2011 outturn

6,693,000

No

n/a

State Pathologist's Office

1974

8

3,491,000

n/a

n/a

Footnotes :

(1) Under the Charities Act 2009, the CCDB and its functions are to be subsumed into a new Charities Regulatory Authority. However, the implementation of the Charities Act 2009 and the establishment of the Charities Regulatory Authority has been deferred for budgetary reasons.

Date of abolition: As outlined above, the implementation of the Charities Act 2009 has been postponed, due to financial constraints. It is not possible at this stage to give a date for the implementation of the Act.

(2) The Criminal Law Codification Advisory Committee submitted a first draft partial code to the Minister in 2010 and work was subsequently suspended on the project while the Minister undertook a review of the project. The Minister intends to bring proposals to Government shortly in relation to the project.

(3) The Equality Authority and the Human Rights Commission are in the process of being merged to form the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commision as a result of the Government Decision of 8 September 2011.

(4) The Equality Tribunal will transfer to the Dept. of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with effect from 1 January 2013 to form part of the proposed Workplace Relations Commission as part of the reform of the State’s Employment Rights and Industrial Relations Structures and Procedures as outlined by Minister Bruton in June 2011.

(5) The Forensic Science Laboratory will be brought under the ambit of the State Laboratory. Measure to be implemented by end 2013.

(6) The Garda Síochána Complaints Board and the Garda Síochána Complaints Appeals Board are to be abolished once their mandate is completed. The Complaints Boards final tribunal was held in February 2010. However, the Board needs to be maintained until such time as any legal challenge to their findings may be mounted has passed. The Boards members’ term of office will come to an end in accordance with the amendment to the 1986 Act, as provided in Section 45 of the Criminal Justice Act,2007. Once the 1986 Act is repealed, the Boards will cease to exist.

(7) There are 3 members of the Garda Síochána Complaints Appeals Board. However, as the hearing of the Complaints Board's final tribunal has already been held the Garda Síochána Complaints Appeal Board has completed its workload. The current term of office for the members of the Garda Síochána Complaints Appeal Board ends on 15 December 2013 in any event.

(8) The Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD) was responsible for overseeing the decommissioning of paramilitary weapons. It was established by an agreement between the Irish and British Governments, signed on 26 August 1997, and by legislation enacted in the two jurisdictions. It was dissolved on 31 March 2011.

(9) The Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) was responsible for monitoring and reporting on paramilitary activity across Ireland and also for monitoring the security normalisation measures undertaken by the British Government in the North. It was dissolved on 31 March 2011.

(10) Prisons Authority Interim Board was abolished in July 2011.

(11) The Legal Board was set up on an administrative basis in 1979 and established as a statutory body on 11 October, 1996. It incorporates the Family Mediation Service with effect from 1 November 2011.

(12) The Property Services Regulatory Authority was set up on a non-statutory basis on 10 October, 2005 and established as a statutory body on 3 April, 2012.

(13) As part of the reform of the asylum system, the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2010 provides for the establishment of a single protection procedure and a new appeals body which will replace both the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.