Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (591)

Micheál Martin


591. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health 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. [30343/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

A total of 216 Dáil Topical Issue/Adjournment Debates speeches were delivered by my Department since March 2011. Every effort is made to ensure that debates are taken by either myself or one of the Ministers of State in my Department. However the Deputy will appreciate that circumstances will sometimes arise where it may not be possible for either myself or another Minister from my Department to be present to take a debate. Where situations such as these arise I am grateful for the assistance provided by other Ministers in taking the relevant debate.

The detailed information sought by the Deputy is set out in the following table.

Debate taken by

Number/Percentage of debates taken

Minister Reilly

31 (15% of total)

Minister Lynch

67 (31% of total)

Minister Shortall

39 (18% of total. Minister Shortall resigned on 26th September 2012)

Minister White

18 (8% of total)

Other Ministers

61 (28% of total)

Question No. 592 answered with Question No. 579.