Written Answers. - Semi-State Bodies.

Dan Boyle

Ceist:

241 Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the level of consultation which has been engaged with, or relevant views passed from his Department to semi-State bodies such as An Post and the ESB regarding the community impact of decisions made by those bodies relating to direct provision. [17870/03]

Commercial and operational decisions made by semi-State bodies under the aegis of my Department, such as ESB and An Post, concerning the direct provision of services to the community are day to day matters for the organisations concerned. However, I have impressed on semi-State bodies the need to ensure the fullest possible engagement and consideration of the potential impact on communities whenever decisions directly affecting regional localities are being pursued.