Dáil Éireann - Volume 420 - 27 May, 1992

Written Answers. - Semi-State Bodies.

85. Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Finance if semi-State bodies are responsible to individual Ministers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Finance (Mr. B. Ahern): Responsibility for State-sponsored bodies rests in the first instance with a specific Minister in each case. In most instances the legislation establishing State bodies confers specific powers and duties on the Minister under whose aegis they operate. I would add, however, that in line with the principle of collective responsibility, these bodies are ultimately answerable to the Government.