Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Government Policy Studies.

Tuesday, 11 July 1972

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 262 No. 7

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Dr. O'Connell: Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell  asked the Taoiseach the number of Government policy studies he has initiated in the past three years; and the number of these which have been (a) completed and (b) published.

The Taoiseach: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  The study and reappraisal of Government policy is a continuous process and it is not the normal practice to publish the results in a formal manner. The outcome of such studies usually finds expression in Ministerial statements and speeches and in practical implementation.

Dr. O'Connell: Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell  Would the Taoiseach not agree that there is a necessity for such policy studies? Is the Fourth Programme not the result of policy studies? Would he not, prior to the publication of that, have such documents published?

The Taoiseach: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  Surely the document to which the Deputy refers is a document in itself and it is not necessary to have a prior document published about the same thing.

Dr. O'Connell: Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell  There is no document prepared before the final document? That is what I was thinking of.

The Taoiseach: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  Yes. Draft documents, and they are discussed between Ministers, between civil servants and at Government meetings. It is the final [1044] document that counts and that is the one that is published.

Dr. O'Connell: Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell  The drafts are not available for public discussion?

The Taoiseach: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  Certainly not.

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Dr. O'Connell: Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell  asked the Taoiseach if any speeches which have been made by him outside the House and which reflect Government policy are placed in the Dáil Library for official use; and, if not, why.

The Taoiseach: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  It is not my practice to direct that copies of prepared scripts of my speeches should be presented to the Library but if any Deputy wishes to have the script of a particular speech made available in the Library, I shall be glad to comply with his or her wishes.

Dr. O'Connell: Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell  Would the Taoiseach not agree that his speeches reflect Government policy and as such should be made available to the Dáil Library?

The Taoiseach: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  Not all of my speeches reflect Government policy.

Dr. O'Connell: Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell  That is interesting. Should they not?

The Taoiseach: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  I mention matters that are not concerned with Government policy in my speeches.


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