Tuesday, 11 July 1972
Dáil Eireann Debate
The Taoiseach: 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: 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: Yes. Draft documents, and they are discussed between Ministers, between civil servants and at Government meetings. It is the final  document that counts and that is the one that is published.
The Taoiseach: 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.
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