Dáil Éireann - Volume 568 - 10 June, 2003

Written Answers. - Departmental Committees.

  208. Mr. Hogan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of committees that have been established [214] since 1997; the total cost; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15648/03]

  Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Ms Harney): Within the Department's Vote, subhead X1 provides for expenditure on commissions, committees and special inquiries. Since 1997, the following committees were established under subhead X1:

eWork Action Forum (formerly National Advisory Council on Teleworking)

156,856.29

Bioethics Committee

 11,173.70

Science and Technology Policy Advisory Group

 19,202.52

Consumer Advisory Council

  2,025.19

Independent Group into allegations of anti-competitive practices in the Irish Beef Industry

129,696.28

Company Law Review Group

206,267.15

Review Group on Auditing

 50,435.43

Implementation Group to progress the Personal Injuries Assessment Board

140,601.75

Motor Insurance Advisory Board

172,787.69

Review Group on Public Safety

 53,327.60

Registrar of Friendly Societies Users' Council

nil

Interagency / Departmental Working Group on Irish Registered Non Resident Companies

nil

The total cost of these committees was €942,373.59. As part of its day-to-day operations, my Department would, from time to time, establish other committees and working groups whose costs are not accounted for separately within the Department's Vote. In addition to committees funded through the Department's Vote, the National Training Advisory Committee was established in 2001 to, inter alia, advise on funding priorities under the national training fund. The costs of this committee, amounting to €6,586.46, have been met directly from the national training fund.