asked the Minister for Tourism and Transport the number of times the Transport Consultative Commission have met; and when they propose to publish their interim report.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Transport Consultative Commission.
(Dublin South-Central): I am informed by the commission that, since their establishment on 21 September 1978, they have met on ten occasions. In accordance with guidelines which I gave to the commission, priority is being accorded to the question of the arrangements for the provision of urban passenger transport services in the Dublin area. I have made known to the commission my anxiety to have the benefit of their advice and recommendations as rapidly as possible and while I understand that it is the commission's intention to submit an interim report to me on this priority question, it is not possible for the commission at this stage to say when they will be in a position to do so.
The question of publication will be considered on receipt of the commission's report.
In view of the urgency of the matter and the continued representations that have been made to him, I would ask the Minister to direct the commission to make what would simply be an interim report within a fixed period.
(Dublin South-Central): It was not the intention to tie the commission's hands. Certainly the Minister and myself are very anxious that we have a report as soon as possible but we wish to give adequate time to ensure that the interim report is comprehensive enough.