Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (207)

James Browne

Question:

207. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the agencies or organisations under the remit of his Department; the number that have boards; the number of positions on each board; the number of vacant positions; and the agencies or organisations that have boards whose members have an obligation to appear before committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas. [51493/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The information sought by the Deputy, in regard to the agencies under the remit of my Department, is contained in the following table.

State Bodies are required to follow the terms of the 2016 Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies and other Department of Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform guidance, where appropriate. In the 2016 Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, Bodies are guided by the requirements for Board Chairs to make themselves available to the appropriate Oireachtas Committee in regard to their role as Chair (Section 2.8). Additionally section A.3.2.11 of the Department of Finance’s Public Financial Procedures guidance booklet offers guidance on the compellability, privileges and Immunities of witnesses under the terms of The Committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Compellability, Privileges and Immunities of Witnesses Act, 1997 (as amended in 2004).

 Name of  State Agency

Number of Board Members

Number of Board Vacancies, as at 06 December 2019, if any.

An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG)

12

Nil

An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna (SOLAS)

13

1

Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (CICA)

6

Nil

Educational Research Centre (ERC)

5

1

Grangegorman Development Agency

15

3

Higher Education Authority (HEA)

15

Nil

Irish Research Council (IRC)

12

1

Léargas – The Exchange Bureau

9

4

National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE)

13

Nil

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)

25

Nil

National Council for Special Education (NCSE)

13

Nil

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

10

Nil

Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB)

11

Nil

Residential Institutions Review Committee (RIRC)

5

Nil

Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Board (RISF) Caranua

9

Nil

Skillnet Ireland CLG

13

Nil

State Examinations Commission

5

Nil

The Teaching Council

37

1