Written Answers. - Computer Software.

Nora Owen

Ceist:

62 Mrs. Owen asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he has satisfied himself that his Department and all agencies under his auspices are using licensed software only; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15367/98]

It is the policy and practice of the Department of Foreign Affairs to purchase and install only licensed software. The bodies under the aegis of the Department i.e. Agency for Personal Service Overseas — APSO: the Refugee Agency; the National Committee for Development Education — NCDE; and the Irish Aid Advisory Committee — IAAC — also use only licensed software.

Nora Owen

Ceist:

63 Mrs. Owen asked the Minister for Public Enterprise if she has satisfied herself that her Department and all agencies under her auspices are using licensed software only; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15368/98]

I would like to assure the Deputy that my Department uses only licensed software. With respect to agencies under my auspices, this is a day to day issue which falls within the remit of the individual agencies and in which I have no direct function.