Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (46)

Pat Rabbitte

Ceist:

118 Mr. Rabbitte asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if her attention has been drawn to the decision of the board of Clare local employment service — LES — to discontinue services; the steps she intends to take in view of the fact that this decision will lead to the loss of 16 full-time jobs and the withdrawal of mediation, advice and guidance of job seekers in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3791/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Enterprise)

The board of management of Clare LES advised FÁS on 15 December last that it was discontinuing operations effective from January 30 2004. A decision of this nature is a matter solely for the board of Clare LES. The board of Clare LES is made up of representatives from the statutory and voluntary sectors and the operation of the service is funded by FÁS. Nonetheless, it is a separate legal entity and I have no function in relation to the internal workings of a body of this kind.

I have, however, asked FÁS to immediately commence an assessment of the labour market needs of the Clare region in the context of the closure of the LES with the objective of ensuring that the needs and requirements of the particular client base being dealt with by the Clare local employment service are met.