Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (312)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

312. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the date, location and purpose of each meeting since May 2016 she and her two predecessors as Minister or a Minister of State attended with a consumer advocacy organisation (details supplied), in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53299/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

To date I have had no meeting with the organisation referred to. While I did receive a request for a meeting, due to a heavy schedule of engagements it was not possible to facilitate the request which was subsequently referred to my colleague Pat Breen, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection for consideration. Minister Breen met with the association in question on 24 January, 2019 at the association's request. The purpose of the meeting was to listen to the association's concerns about its role in current consumer issues.

My colleague John Halligan, T.D. Minister of State with responsibility for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development has had no meetings to date with the organisation referred to.

There are no records available which indicate that either of my predecessors met with the organisation referred to.

From time to time officials from my Department meet with the organisation concerned to discuss developments in consumer policy issues. Communication takes place in several ways including by telephone and by way of both formal and informal meetings.