Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Questions (393)

Joan Collins

Question:

393. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the costs to his Department to process and respond to a priority, an oral and a written parliamentary question. [16590/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

No staff in my Department are assigned on a full-time basis to dealing with Parliamentary Questions, which are dealt with, as the need arises, by the staff of the Business Units dealing with the particular issue(s) raised in individual questions. The number and level of staff and the time spent on preparing responses to individual Parliamentary Questions, and the associated cost, depends on a range of factors, including the complexity of the issue raised and the extent to which the information involved is readily available in my Department. Undoubtedly, a considerable amount of time is required to answer the significant number of questions tabled to me by Deputies. However , it is not possible to readily quantify the cost involved for the reasons outlined above and, as the processing of individual Parliamentary Questions is undertaken as part of the normal day to day work of individual Business Units within my Department, it would be unnecessarily burdensome to endeavour to iso late the administrative costs from the overall administrative costs of my Department.

Question No. 394 answered with Question No. 361.
Question No. 395 answered with Question No. 360.