The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 3 September 2013. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought from the Department of Social Protection. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 5 March 2014 and the case was referred to an Appeals Officer on 17 April 2014 who has decided to convene an an oral hearing in order to determine the appeal. Every effort will be made to convene the oral hearing at the earliest possible date and the person concerned will be notified of the arrangements for the hearing as soon as these have been finalised. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.
Question No. 336 withdrawn.