Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Public Accounts Committee

Business of Committee

9:00 am

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail)
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We specifically only asked about one, and perhaps it is the main agency. I do not know, but we will ask for further elaboration. We will note and publish the correspondence and seek further clarification on those items.

This may be a good time to note that we want to put a procedure in place in relation to correspondence received during the summer. We cannot have a situation where correspondence is sitting here for a couple of months and would like some method by which to circulate it. I will make one suggestion. I note that the last day for submission of parliamentary questions is 23 July and further parliamentary questions can be answered by 6 September. What are members' views on that? I am not suggesting that we do it too often during the summer but we could circulate correspondence to members at the end of July and perhaps the end of August or the first week of September. It is not that we will not have to deal with it when we return in September but some of it refers to current issues which we have asked about. If information arrives in next week, it would be dreadful if we, as members of the committee, would not see it.