Pattison, Séamus

Wednesday, 15 May 1985

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 108 No. 5

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Following the enactment of the Bill, arrangements will have to be made for the selection of the members of the board of the agency and that process could take a number of weeks. However, it should be...More Button

Yes. That would be the intention. Question put and agreed to. Section 3 agreed to. SECTION 4. Question proposed: “That section 4 stand part of the Bill.”More Button

Subsection (1) (a), which the Senator is referring to, can be seen as outlining the policy role of the new agency. An anti-poverty programme cannot be drawn up in isolation from economic and social p...More Button

The paragraph in question is, to my mind, quite clear, “advising and making recommendations to the Minister on all aspects of economic and social planning in relation to poverty in the State”. They w...More Button

What the Senator states is correct. That will be the position.More Button

I would like to point out that subsection (5) is a standard provision and it is included to enable the Minister for Social Welfare, as the Minister responsible to the Government for the agency's actio...More Button

The provision we are discussing here in subsection (5) of section 4 is a standard one. It is in the National Community Development Bill and also in the National Social Services Board Bill. The Minis...More Button

The Government have decided to set up the agency. The Minister for Health and Social Welfare is the person responsible to the Government for the agency's actions. He would also have the function of ...More Button

It should be kept in mind that the responsibility for the elimination of poverty will rest with the Government and with a particular Minister. It is not envisaged that the setting up of this agency w...More Button

I have nothing further to add to what I said about the section. I am amazed at all the points made in relation to that subsection. It might come to the notice of the Government that some area of pov...More Button

As the Senator has indicated that she intends putting down an amendment we will certainly consider her amendment when it comes in and see what can be done at that stage. Question put and agreed to. SE...More Button

Combat Poverty Agency Bill, 1985: Committee Stage (Resumed).

This section obliges the agency to draw up a strategic plan every three years, the first within six months of its establishment. This provision is necessary both to ensure that a coherent programme is...More Button

If, for some reason, the Ministers' approval is delayed, or not forthcoming, the agency would obviously have to discuss its plan with the appropriate authorities. The agency will, however, be able to...More Button

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