Written Answers - Ministerial Responsibilities.

Thursday, 18 May 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 619 No. 77

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  113.  Ms Burton  Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children  Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney   the functions which have been delegated to each Minister of State at her Department; the date on which the relevant order was made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18920/06]

Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children (Ms Harney): Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Under the Health and Children (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order 2004, I have assigned and delegated certain Departmental functions to my Ministers of State. Such functions reflect their areas of responsibility. The following functions have been assigned to Minister of State, Brian Lenihan TD with special responsibility for Child Care and Childrens Policy: Adoption Acts 1952 to 1998; Children Acts 1908 to 1989; Child Care Act 1991 (No. 17 of 1991); Protections for Persons reporting Child Abuse Act, 1998 (No. 49 of 1998); Children Act, 2001 (No. 24 of 2001); Ombudsman for Children Act, 2002 (No. 22 of 2002); Relevant Order dated 14th December 2004. The following functions have been assigned to Minister of State, Tim O’Malley TD with special responsibility for Mental Health, Physical, Sensory and Intellectual Disabilities: Part VII of the Mental Treatment Act, 1945 (No. 19 of 1945); Section 41 of the Mental Treatment Act, 1961 (No. 7 of 1961); Section 4 of the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2001 (No. 14 of 2001); Mental Health Act 2001 (No. 25 of 2001); Section 65 of the Health Act, 1953 (No. 26 of 1953); Sections 26, 59, 61, 69, 71 and 72 of the Health Act, 1970 (No. 1 of 1970); Relevant [1799]Order dated 14th December 2004. The following functions have been assigned to Minister of State, Séan Power TD with special responsibility for Public Health (Food Safety, Medicines and Tobacco), Health Promotion and Services for Older People: Irish Medicines Board Act, 1995 (No. 29 of 1995); Section 5, 20 and 51 of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Act, 1998 (No. 29 of 1998); Food Standards Act, 1974 (No. 11 of 1974); Sale of Food and Drugs Acts, 1875 to 1936 Milk and Dairies Acts, 1935 to 1988; Tobacco Products (Control of Advertising, Sponsorship and Sales Promotion) Act, 1978; Tobacco (Health Promotion and Protection) Act, 1988; Public Health (Tobacco) Acts 2002 and 2004; Section 6, 7, and 10 of the Health (Nursing Home) Act, 1990; Relevant Order dated 14th December 2004. In an Order dated 8th June 2005 the powers and duties of the Minister for Health and Children conferred on that Minister of the Government by or under Section 5 in so far as they relate to Part V of the Health Act, 1947 (No. 28 of 1947) were delegated to Séan Power, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children. I have also delegated to Minister of State, Séan Power TD additional responsibilities on an administrative basis as follows: Health Promotion (including Cardiovascular Strategy and Women’s Health); Drug Misuse and HIV/AIDS; Contingency Planning (Health Protection); Matters relating to the development of services for older people throughout the country; Matters relating to the development of Palliative Care services throughout the country.


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