Dáil Éireann - Volume 417 - 10 March, 1992

Written Answers. - FÁS Structure.

48. Mr. Timmons asked the Minister for Labour his views on whether FÁS should be split to reflect the sharp distinction between support activities for the unemployed and training that is directly relevant to actual industrial needs.

49. Mr. Yates asked the Minister for Labour his views on whether FÁS should be split to reflect the sharp distinction between support activities for the unemployed and training that is directly relevant to actual industrial needs.

55. Mrs. Taylor-Quinn asked the Minister for Labour his views on whether FÁS should be split to reflect the sharp distinction between support activities for the unemployed and training that is directly relevant to actual industrial needs.

59. Mr. Sheehan asked the Minister for Labour his views on whether FÁS should be split to reflect the sharp distinction between support activities for the unemployed and training that is directly relevant to actual industrial needs.

[68] 74. Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Labour his views on whether FÁS should be split to reflect the sharp distinction between support activities for the unemployed and training that is directly relevant to actual industrial needs.

Minister for Labour (Mr. Cowen): I propose to take Questions Nos. 48, 49, 55, 59 and 74 together.

The Industrial Policy Review Group recommended, inter alia, that a sharp distinction should be made institutionally between support for the unemployed and industry relevant training. The implementation of the proposals of the review group is being considered by a subcommittee of the Government and a task force comprising, inter alia, relevant departmental secretaries. For my part, I am considering all the recommendations relating to FÁS in the context of the review of Manpower Policy. The Green Paper on Education will also have implications for FÁS. In addition, I will have to take account of the merits of the present FÁS structure and operations. These include a decentralised system for delivering services to employers and job seekers at local level and an array of programmes to assist the unemployed.

FÁS are also considering their organisational structure in the light of the Culliton report.