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Written Answers. - Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion and Drugs.

Wednesday, 27 March 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 551 No. 3

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 21. Mr. Sargent Information on Trevor Sargent Zoom on Trevor Sargent  asked the Taoiseach Information on Bertie Ahern Zoom on Bertie Ahern  when the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion and Drugs last met; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9972/02]

 22. Mr. Higgins (Dublin West) Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins  asked the Taoiseach Information on Bertie Ahern Zoom on Bertie Ahern  the number of times the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion and Drugs met in 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10106/02]

Minister of State at the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation (Mr. E. Ryan): Information on Eoin Ryan Zoom on Eoin Ryan I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 22 together.

The Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion has met three times to date in 2002. Meetings took place on 23 January, 13 February and 26 March.

The Cabinet committee continues to give political direction to the Government's social inclusion policies including the national drugs strategy. The meetings provide an opportunity to review trends, assess progress in the relevant strategies and programmes and resolve any policy and organisational problems which may arise.

Progress on the implementation of the national drugs strategy will be monitored through the presentation of six-monthly progress reports to the Cabinet committee. The first of these progress reports was presented at the meeting on 23 January.

Questions Nos. 23 to 30, inclusive, answered orally.


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