Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (615)

Carol Nolan

Question:

615. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the details of all applications made by his Department to the Oireachtas Business Committee to waive pre-legislative scrutiny of primary and secondary legislation sponsored or initiated by his Department from 1 January 2017 to date; the outcomes of such applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37889/20]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

An application to waive pre-legislative scrutiny was made to the Oireachtas Business Committee in respect of the Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and Certain Related Matters) Records, and another Matter, Act 2020. The waiver was sought and granted on the basis that the legislation was to be enacted to ensure it did not impact on the timeline for the Commission to complete and submit its final report by 30 October 2020.

In addition, an application for waiver of pre-legislative scrutiny was sought by the then Minister for Justice and Equality from the Oireachtas Business Committee in July 2018 in respect of the 38th Amendment of the Constitution (Women in the Home) Bill 2018. Responsibility for this Bill has now been transferred to my Department. The request was not granted by the Oireachtas Business Committee and pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill was undertaken by the Committee on Justice and Equality. The Committee's report was published on 6 December 2018.