Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Women's Representative Committee.

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asked the Minister for Labour the functions of the Women's Representative Committee set up by him; and if he will make a statement outlining its work, activities and future role.

Following the recommendation in the report of the commission on the Status of Women that there should be an official body to represent women's interests, I established the Women's Representative Committee on 20th December, 1974.

The terms of reference of the committee are to examine the recommendations and suggestions in the report of the Commission on the Status of Women, to report on the progress towards implementation of the recommendations and to make submissions on any other matters affecting women which may arise in the future. In addition, it is acting as an advisory body to me during 1975 in relation to the national programme for International Women's Year.

The committee have three subcommittees on employment, law and the media in relation to women. In addition to their own work the committee have also had meetings with a number of Government Ministers regarding legislation affecting women, with AnCO regarding training of women, with the Industrial Development Authority to present a case for the provision of more skilled jobs in industry for women and with other bodies and organisations including a number of women's organisations.

Their terms of reference indicate the need of continuing such activity in the future.