Written Answers - Freedom of Information.

Tuesday, 10 May 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 602 No. 1

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  176.  Ms Shortall  Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   the reason the Higher Education Training Awards Council does not come within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 1997; and if he will take steps to address this matter to ensure transparency in the third level sector. [15610/05]

  177.  Ms O. Mitchell  Information on Olivia Mitchell  Zoom on Olivia Mitchell   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   if the Freedom of Information Act 1997 will be extended to include HETAC and FETAC. [15547/05]

  183.  Mr. O’Shea  Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   his proposals to add the Higher Education Training Awards Council to the list of bodies to which the Freedom of Information Act 1997 applies (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15055/05]

  186.  Mr. Naughten  Information on Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   if he will include the Higher Education Training Awards Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997; the reason HETAC is not under the provisions of the Act; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15188/05]

  188.  Mr. S. Ryan  Information on Seán Ryan  Zoom on Seán Ryan   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   if he will designate the Higher Education Training Awards Council under the working of the Freedom of Information Act 1997 to ensure transparency and to reinforce the credibility of the third level education sector. [15199/05]

  189.  Mr. Wall  Information on Jack Wall  Zoom on Jack Wall   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   his plans to include correspondence (details supplied) under the Freedom of Information Act 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15285/05]

  190.  Mr. Penrose  Information on Willie Penrose  Zoom on Willie Penrose   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   if he will consider designating the Higher Education Training Awards Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15294/05]

  191.  Mr. Carey  Information on Pat Carey  Zoom on Pat Carey   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   if it is proposed to designate the Higher Education Training Awards Council under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15295/05]

  192.  Mr. Lowry  Information on Michael Lowry  Zoom on Michael Lowry   asked the Minister for Finance  Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen   if he will amend the Freedom of Information Act 1997 to include HETAC; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15389/05]

Minister for Finance (Mr. Cowen): Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  I propose to take Questions Nos. 176, 177, 183, 186 and 188 to 192, inclusive, together.

[168]The Freedom of Information Act has been extended gradually as experience has been gained in its application. Proposals for a further extension of freedom of information are being finalised in the Department of Finance. The organisations in question are being considered as part of that proposal.


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