Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (544, 548, 549)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

544. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an update regarding the examination of the report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on hearings and submissions on the review of legislation on prostitution that was published on 27 June 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5529/14]

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Brendan Ryan

Question:

548. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 812 of 5 November 2013, if he has received the clarification and advice sought from the chairman of the joint committee, Attorney General and the Minister for Health; and if not when he expects to receive same. [5666/14]

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Brendan Ryan

Question:

549. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality in relation to the report of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on the current review of prostitution legislation, the timetable for his response to the report's recommendations; if, in view of the political consensus on this issue at committee, he intends to make provision for the report's recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5667/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 544, 548 and 549 together.

I requested the advices of the Attorney General and the views of the Minister for Health on the report in question on 25 September. On 6 November, the Chairman of the committee replied to my request for clarification and elaboration of recommendations made in the report. This detailed response has also been referred to the Attorney General for legal advices and to the Minister for Health for his views. Responses from the Attorney General and the Minister for Health are awaited. Policy decisions by the Government must await their examination of the legal and health implications of the committee's recommendations and each must have the opportunity to prepare considered views and advices.