Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Department of Education and Skills
Vocational Education Committees
Question 224: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason there is no reference in the general scheme for the Education and Training Boards Bill 2011 to the existing role and responsibilities of vocational education committees to co-ordinate youth work activities as required under the Youth Work Act; if there will be provision in the draft Bill for this work to be transferred to the new education and training boards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9274/12]
In October 2011 the General Scheme of an Education and Training Boards Bill was referred to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education. The General Scheme was also published at that time. Following discussions with my Department and relevant stakeholders, the committee prepared a report which I responded to at a meeting of the committee on 25 January 2012. The General Scheme has now been referred to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel to the Government for formal drafting. The General Scheme does not incorporate the provisions of the Youth Work Act 2001 which is a substantive piece of legislation in its own right. Rather, it is likely that amendments will be made to that Act to reflect the establishment of education and training boards and the dissolution of vocational education committees. This is something which my officials will pursue with the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office as part of the drafting process.