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Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 No. 4

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 166. Mr. Timmins Information on Billy Timmins Zoom on Billy Timmins  asked the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs Information on Dermot Ahern Zoom on Dermot Ahern  if his Department operates term time; the number of persons who applied for this in 2000, 2001 and 2002; the number of persons who were accepted and availed themselves of the scheme; if persons were refused; if so, the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3895/02]

 167. Mr. Timmins Information on Billy Timmins Zoom on Billy Timmins  asked the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs Information on Dermot Ahern Zoom on Dermot Ahern  the number of persons who applied for term time at the offices in Bray, County Wicklow for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002; the number of persons refused; the reasons for refusal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3900/02]

Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs (Mr. D. Ahern): Information on Dermot Ahern Zoom on Dermot Ahern I propose to take Questions Nos. 166 and 167 together.

The statistical information sought by the Deputy is set out in the following tabular statement.

All applications for term time in the Department are processed under the centrally agreed arrangements which provide that the operation of the scheme is subject to the operating requirements of the Department not being adversely affected. It follows that, where there are a number of applications from a particular work area, it may be necessary to limit the numbers of staff who can be facilitated in any year. The Department has endeavoured to facilitate as many applicants for term time as is compatible with maintaining an adequate service to the public. Any applications refused have been for business reasons in the particular work area.

Term Time Figures (General)

Applied Availed of Refused Withdrawn
2000 233 184 19 30
2001 243 200 14 29
2002 354 316 (awaiting 1) 13 24

Term Time Figures (Bray only)

Applied Availed of Refused Withdrawn
2000 7 4 3 0
2001 5 5 0 0
2002 6 3 3 0


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