Thursday, 12 February 2004

Ceisteanna (175, 176, 177, 178, 179)

John Deasy

Ceist:

175 Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his views on whether the use of Henry VIII provisions in legislation is constitutionally sound; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4480/04]

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John Deasy

Ceist:

176 Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will give details regarding the use of Henry VIII provisions in legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4481/04]

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John Deasy

Ceist:

177 Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the efforts he has made in the past to examine and stem the use of Henry VIII provisions in legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4482/04]

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John Deasy

Ceist:

178 Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his views on whether the making of regulations which amend primary legislation in a substantive way pursuant to a Henry VIII provision in legislation is itself constitutionally sound; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4483/04]

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John Deasy

Ceist:

179 Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his views on the statement by persons (details supplied) that any regulation which repeals or amends primary legislation is ipso facto unconstitutional even if this has been explicitly authorised in the parent section; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4484/04]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 to 179, inclusive together.

The interpretation of the law and the provision of legal advice is a matter for the Attorney General in so far as the functions relate to those of Government.