Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (333)

Micheál Martin

Question:

333. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of Dáil Topical Issue debates submitted to his Department following selection by the Ceann Comhairle since March 2011; the number of Topical Issues taken directly by him; the number of topical issues taken by a junior Minister in his Department; the number of issues taken by a Minister not from his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30344/13]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

Since March 2011, 50 Topical Issue and Dáil Adjournment Debates have been submitted to my Department following selection by the Ceann Comhairle.

90%, i.e. 45 of the 50 Topical Issue and Dáil Adjournment Debates submitted to my Department following selection by the Ceann Comhairle were taken by my Ministers of State and me.

In total, I have participated in 19 debates and the Ministers of State of my Department, John Perry TD and Sean Sherlock TD each participated in 13 debates. 5 debates were taken by a Minister outside of my Department.

I endeavour to participate in all debates where policy matters under my remit are selected for debate. Where this is not possible, I request that a Minister of State from my Department participates in the debate on my behalf. On 16 occasions my participation in a Dáil debate was not possible due to overseas travel commitments such as Trade Missions, EU Presidency business and Government meetings.