Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (588)

Thomas P. Broughan


588. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will explain the fee structure in relation to applications for vetting disclosures under the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012; if a defined fee structure is in place for applications for vetting disclosures made to the newly established National Vetting Bureau; the reason for the imposition of charges on applicants; if these charges will be fixed in the longer term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8814/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

No fees are charged at present in relation to vetting.

As the Deputy will be aware, the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 was enacted in December 2012. The Act provides for the establishment of a National Vetting Bureau to take over the role currently performed by the Garda Central Vetting Unit.

Section 32 of the Act provides for the making of regulations prescribing fees for certain purposes. The section is clearly an enabling provision. I have no immediate plans for the drafting of any such regulations.