Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Maureen O'Sullivan (Dublin Central, Independent)
Question 518: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the stage at which the report is at regarding the issues surrounding prostitution; when he expects the consultation to begin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8000/12]
Alan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
I announced in the Autumn my intention to arrange a consultation process to help inform the future direction of legislation on prostitution. A detailed discussion document to facilitate the consultation process is being prepared.
It will be appreciated that the discussion document, if it is to fully inform the public, needs to be prepared carefully. Drafting of the document is progressing well. I expect that the document will be ready for publication in the coming weeks. This, of course, is subject to resources having regard to competing priorities, including legislative priorities.
I will make a further public announcement when the consultation document has been completed. At that point, full particulars regarding the arrangements and time frame for making submissions will be provided. However, I would like to assure the Deputy that ample time will be given to enable members of the public prepare and submit views on this issue.