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Wed, 16 Apr 1997

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Priority Questions. - Ministerial Staff.

Michael Woods

4 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Social Welfare the total cost, since his assuming office in December 1994, of non-Civil Service staff in his private and ministerial offices, including all administrative, advisory, research, personal assistant and public relations staff and staff working on his behalf in the Government Information Service; and if he will give details of the work which has been undertaken by these staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9912/97]

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Wed, 16 Apr 1997

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Priority Questions. - Unemployment Levels.

Michael Woods

5 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Social Welfare the revised estimate by his Department for the number of unemployed people for the year 1997; the revised cost of unemployment payments; his views on whether this is a realistic projection; the new measures, if any, he is taking to ensure this figure is achieved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9913/97]

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Wed, 16 Apr 1997

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Priority Questions. - Social Welfare Increases.

Michael Woods

7 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Social Welfare the level of real increases in social welfare payments; the increase in non-contributory old age and widows' pensions and long-term unemployment assistance over the lifetime of the current administration for each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9914/97]

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Thu, 10 Apr 1997

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Other Questions. - Seasonal Tourism.

Michael Woods

31 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Tourism and Trade his views on whether off-peak and shoulder season tourism are among the most undeveloped areas of the Irish tourism industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9238/97]

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Tue, 4 Mar 1997

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Priority Questions. - Butter Voucher Scheme.

Michael Woods

7 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Social Welfare the arrangements, if any, which have been made for the reduction of the butter voucher scheme; the changes, if any, he has made in the value or number of vouchers which entitle people to subsidised butter; the number of people who will be affected; the plans, if any, to make up the shortfall for those affected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5721/97]

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Tue, 4 Mar 1997

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Priority Questions. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Michael Woods

8 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Social Welfare if he will make special provisions to allow women who work full-time in the home and who wish to re-enter the workforce the opportunity to avail of social welfare options in their own right and without the current means test restrictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5722/97]

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Tue, 4 Mar 1997

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Priority Questions. - Labour Force Survey.

Michael Woods

10 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Social Welfare if his attention has been drawn to the results of the recently published labour force survey which shows that unemployment came down by only 1,000 in 1996 and long-term unemployment by only 300; the plans, if any, he has to assist long-term unemployed people in achieving employment or an adequate income; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5723/97]

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Tue, 4 Mar 1997

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Priority Questions. - Poverty IV Programme.

Michael Woods

11 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Social Welfare the status of the EU Poverty IV programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5842/97]

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Wed, 18 Dec 1996

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Priority Questions. - Counselling and Mediation Services.

Michael Woods

4 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform the plans, if any, he has to increase the resources available for counselling and mediation in cases of marriage breakdown, separation and divorce, in view of the Government's stated commitment to encourage the use of these devices and in view of the introduction of divorce and the urgent recommendations of the Commission on the Family for an increase in these services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24661/96]

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Wed, 18 Dec 1996

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Priority Questions. - Domestic Violence Resource Unit.

Michael Woods

5 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform if he will support the establishment in 1997 of a domestic violence resource unit to provide and co-ordinate a long-term response to tackling violence against women in our society; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24663/96]

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Wed, 18 Dec 1996

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Other Questions. - National Disability Authority.

Michael Woods

7 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform whether he intends to establish a national disability authority to monitor policy, standards and the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24809/96]

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Thu, 7 Nov 1996

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Ceisteanna — Questions. Priority Questions. - Parental Leave.

Michael Woods

1 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform in relation to the EU Parental Leave Directive adopted in March 1996, which requires the Government to make provision for a minimum of three months parental leave on the birth or adoption of a child, the factors which are causing the Government to delay the implementation of this important measure designed to help both men and women to reconcile work and family life; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20701/96]

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Thu, 7 Nov 1996

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Ceisteanna — Questions. Priority Questions. - Equal Status Bill.

Michael Woods

2 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform whether he has found a solution which will reconcile the legitimate interests of licensed vintners, hoteliers, shopowners and restaurateurs and the essential objective in the Equal Status Bill of outlawing discrimination on grounds of race, religion, class or ethnic origin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20702/96]

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Thu, 7 Nov 1996

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Ceisteanna — Questions. Priority Questions. - Discrimination in Employment.

Michael Woods

4 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform whether an agreement has been reached by the Government to trade-off the attainment of equality for women in employment against the need to provide employment for young males or any other socially disadvantaged groups. [20705/96]

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Thu, 7 Nov 1996

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Other Question. - Marriage Counselling and Mediation Services.

Michael Woods

15 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform his views on whether the mediation and counselling services currently available will be sufficient to meet the needs of the Family Law (Divorce) Bill, 1996; the plans, if any, he has to ensure that an adequate and professionally based service will be provided in 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20579/96]

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Thu, 3 Oct 1996

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Questions—Ceisteanna. Oral Answers. - Children's Commissioner.

Michael Woods

1 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform the plans, if any, he has to make provision for a commissioner to protect children in cases of marital breakdown and divorce in view of commitments given by him in Dáil Éireann prior to the Divorce Referendum; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17302/96]

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Thu, 3 Oct 1996

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Questions—Ceisteanna. Oral Answers. - Equal Status Legislation.

Michael Woods

2 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform when he intends to publish the proposed Equal Status Bill; whether he has completed his consultations with interested parties and bodies in this regard; if so, the outcome of these consultations; and if he will consider removing without further delay the age discrimination which currently exists for entry in the public service. [17303/96]

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Thu, 3 Oct 1996

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Questions—Ceisteanna. Oral Answers. - Composition of Interview Boards.

Michael Woods

4 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform whether he has examined the joint report of Dublin Corporation, IMPACT trade union and the Employment Equality Agency, published on 24 September 1996, which found that there are too many men on interview boards, that only three of ten Local Appointments Commission interview panels in 1995 had women on them and that there was a direct correlation between the gender of interviewers and successful applicants; and if he will make a statement on this matter and on its implications for interviews in the public service. [17304/96]

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Thu, 3 Oct 1996

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Questions—Ceisteanna. Oral Answers. - Equality Legislation.

Michael Woods

5 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform the action, if any, he is taking to ensure that the Social and Structural Funds of the EU actively contribute towards women's equality, the promotion of people with disabilities and of members of the travelling community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17307/96]

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Thu, 3 Oct 1996

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Questions—Ceisteanna. Oral Answers. - Equality Legislation.

Michael Woods

5 Dr. Woods asked the Minister for Equality and Law Reform the action, if any, he is taking to ensure that the Social and Structural Funds of the EU actively contribute towards women's equality, the promotion of people with disabilities and of members of the travelling community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17307/96]

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