Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (164)

Michael McGrath

Question:

164. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the form the personal insolvency register will take; the information it will contain; if it will be published on the web and if persons remain on the register indefinitely. [21735/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Under Section 133 of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012, the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) is required to maintain registers for Debt Relief Notices (DRNs), Debt Settlement Arrangements (DSAs), Personal Insolvency Arrangements (PIAs) and Protective Certificates. The Act states that the Registers must be made available for public inspection. I am advised by the ISI that the Registers will be in electronic format and will be available to view via the ISI website, www.isi.gov.ie. It is intended that only the necessary information will be recorded on the various Registers to fulfil their function. A debtor's name, address, year of birth and the date of the arrangement coming into effect will be recorded on the Register. The Registers will also contain contact details for Personal Insolvency Practitioners and the ISI.

I am aware of the need to add further relevant provisions in regard to the operation of the Registers and my Department, in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General, is preparing the necessary amendments for approval by Government and presentation to the Oireachtas in the very near future. It is intended that the relevant amendments will be incorporated in the Courts Bill 2013 which is presently being processed through the Houses of the Oireachtas. It is the intention that where a debtor has successfully completed an arrangement, his/her details will be removed from the public Registers.