Dáil Éireann - Volume 603 - 14 June, 2005

Written Answers. - National Adult Literacy Council.

  81. Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Science if she has received proposals from her Department in regard to role and functions of the National Adult Literacy Council arising from the recent review undertaken; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19683/05]

  Ms Hanafin:The National Adult Learning Council was formed in March 2002 on an ad hoc basis with the intention that it would be established as a statutory body under section 54 of the Education Act 1998. Following the formation of the ad hoc council, concerns emerged that the functions envisaged for the council were too wide-ranging and were not sufficiently focused. Additionally, a number of developments had occurred which would impact on the work of the council, including the establishment of the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland and the Further and Higher Education and Training Awards Councils.

My Department undertook a strategic review of the role and functions of the council to address these concerns. I am awaiting proposals from my Department as to the role and functions of the council in the light of the review. I expect to be in a position to take a decision in this matter in the near future.