I propose to take Questions Nos. 148 and 164 together.
The Deputies will appreciate that I have not yet had an opportunity to review this matter.
Following the publication of the report of the Justice Committee in June last year, the committee was requested to clarify and elaborate some of its recommendations for a new approach to prostitution legislation. The relevant correspondence with the committee was concluded in December.
The advice of the Attorney General and the views of the Minister for Health on the committee's recommendations were received in February and March, respectively. The issue of prostitution has also been the subject of recent debate at EU and Council of Europe level.
Prostitution raises a wide spectrum of issues. When I have had the opportunity to properly consider all of these, legislative proposals will be brought to Government in the usual way.