Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Ceisteanna (280)

Shane Cassells

Ceist:

280. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of public consultations held by her Department or by a State agency under the remit of her Department; the number of replies received per consultation; and the cost of each consultation in each of the years 2011 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. [26454/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

The number of written public consultations held by my Department in the years in question are as following:

 Year

No. of Consultations

2011

2

2012

4

2013

4

2014

13

2015

12

2016

25

2017

20

(June) 2018

13

Total 2011-18

93

Details of these public consultations are available on my Department’s website at the following address: https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Consultations/.    

The number of replies is not available for all the consultations on the Department’s website, if however, there are any specific consultations that the Deputy is interested in, I will endeavour to provide this information.

Public consultations are generally carried out by staff of the Department and publicised on the DBEI website and do not involve the hiring of external resources.  Newspaper advertisements are also occasionally taken out in respect of certain public consultations in the national media at competitive market rates.

My Department does not routinely collect information on the number of public consultations carried out by agencies under its remit, or the number of responses received in respect of any such consultations. If the Deputy wishes to request information on any specific public consultation carried out by one of the agencies, I will endeavour to provide this.