Written Answers - State Bodies

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 756 No. 2

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  221.  Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin   asked the Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn   the number and names of the State bodies under the aegis of his Department which are subject to the Revised Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9263/12]

  222.  Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin   asked the Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn   if he has received the annual report on corporate governance from all State bodies under the aegis of his Department which are subject to the Revised Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies for 2010 as required under section 13.1 of the code; if not, if he will outline which State bodies have not done so and if having reviewed the reports he is satisfied that all State bodies are complying with the provisions of the code; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9269/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  I propose to take Questions Nos. 221 and 222 together.

Below for the Deputy’s information is a list of the 20 bodies currently under the aegis of my Department.

Some 17 of these agencies are required to provide corporate returns to my Department. The two Irish Research Councils are included in the Higher Education Authority’s return for the [392]purposes of corporate governance while the National Council for Guidance in Education operates under the aegis of Léargas Ltd.

I can confirm to the Deputy that all of the bodies that are required to provide a comprehensive report under Section 13.1 of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies have done so in respect of 2010.

The requirement to provide a comprehensive report is not applicable to the Residential Institutions Redress Board, the Residential Institution Review Committee and the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse due to the arrangements in place and the nature and scale of their activities.

In addition the Education Finance Board has adopted the Code of Practice. The Board is subject to specific statutory provisions in relation to providing an annual report and annual accounts to the Minister. It should be noted that the General Scheme of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Bill includes provisions to dissolve the Education Finance board with the new Fund assuming the functions of the Board in relation to the remainder of moneys available to it.

Bodies under aegis of Department of Education and Skills (February 2012)
An Chomhairle um Oideachais Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG)
Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse (CICA)
Education Finance Board (EFB)
FÁS
Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC)
Grangegorman Development Authority (GDA)
Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC)
Higher Education Authority (HEA)
Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)
Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Léargas Ltd. — The Exchange Bureau
National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE)
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)
National Council for Special Education (NCSE)
National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI)
Residential Institutions Review Board (RIRB)
Residential Institutions Review Committee RIRC)
Skillnets Ltd.
State Examinations Commission
The Teaching Council


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