Written Answers. - Telecommunications Services.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

207 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his views on whether the current approach by the Commission for Communications Regulation, ComReg, in respect of decision D12/03 regarding local loop unbundling will result in fair and sustainable competition; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19062/03]

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

208 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his views on whether the roll-out of broadband across Ireland may be hindered if local loop unbundling is not provided on a basis that will encourage investment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19063/03]

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

209 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his views on whether the current approach by ComReg in local loop unbundling will promote or inhibit investment; if so, the reason therefor; if not, the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19064/03]

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

210 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if his attention has been drawn to the views of a person (details supplied) that the type of regulatory framework in respect of local loop unbundling as pursued by ComReg is harmful to the consumer in the long run; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19065/03]

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

211 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his views on the effect decision D12/03, if it stands, will have upon the Government's commitments in the partnership agreement, Sustaining Progress, which commits the Government to developing the capacity necessary for delivery of advanced telecommunications services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19066/03]

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

212 Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his views on whether ComReg, in the way in which it has arrived at decision D12/03, appears to have omitted to abide by his policy direction to commission a regulatory impact assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19067/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 207 to 212, inclusive, together.

It would not be appropriate for me to comment on the matters raised by the Deputy as the ComReg decision to which he refers is currently the subject of legal proceedings and the matter is thereforesub judice.