Written Answers - Proposed Legislation

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 761 No. 3

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  296.  Deputy Arthur Spring  Information on Arthur Spring  Zoom on Arthur Spring   asked the Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn   when the amalgamation of FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and IUQB will be complete; when the legislative functions of the existing four bodies will be transferred to the new agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18056/12]

  297.  Deputy Arthur Spring  Information on Arthur Spring  Zoom on Arthur Spring   asked the Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn   pending the establishment of the new agency which will assume the legislative functions of FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and IUQB and the development of new quality assurance guidelines and programme validation [747]criteria, when will the processing of current applications for training provider registration be resumed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18057/12]

  347.  Deputy Michael McGrath  Information on Michael McGrath  Zoom on Michael McGrath   asked the Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn   when the legislation providing for the amalgamation of FETAC and HETAC is expected to be enacted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18605/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  I propose to take Questions Nos. 296, 297 and 347 together.

The Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Bill 2011, which provides for the amalgamation, was introduced in Seanad Éireann. The Bill passed Seanad Committee Stage on 29 March 2012. I intend that the Bill will be enacted in the current term and Qualifications and Quality Assurance Ireland (QQAAI) will be established shortly thereafter. QQAAI will begin processing new applications for provider registration shortly after its establishment.


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