Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (443)

Lucinda Creighton


443. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will list in tabular form all legislation and specific sections therein that refer to powers delegated to the Minister of State with special responsibility for disability, equality and mental health; if she will detail the title of the civil servants who are responsible for reporting directly to said Minister of State and what they are responsible for; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [24612/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

While there is no formal Delegation of Functions Order in place, the Minister of State's role relates particularly to the equality and integration areas of the Department. Staff of the Equality Divisions of the Department (with responsibility for Traveller policy; disability legislation and coordination; gender equality; and employment equality, equal status and human rights legislation) report to her in relation to relevant issues and tasks as required. The staff with primary day-to-day reporting responsibilities are at Principal (as Heads of Divisions) and Assistant Secretary level.

The Minister of State has also been given responsibility for taking the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 through the Houses of the Oireachtas and for responding on behalf of the Government to a number of Private Members' Bills in the equality area.