Written answers

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Department of Social and Family Affairs

Departmental Appointments

10:00 am

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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Question 225: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will list all public appointments since 22 November 2010; in each case the remuneration both in salary, expenses and any other forms of compensation associated with each such appointment; the length of tenure in each case; if it was a re-appointment or a new appointment and if he will detail the selection process undertaken in each instance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47006/10]

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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The three statutory bodies operating under the aegis of the Department are the Social Welfare Tribunal, the Citizens Information Board and the Pensions Board. In addition, the Pensions Ombudsman comes under the remit of the Department.

There have been no appointments to any of the above statutory bodies since 22 November 2010 to date.

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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Question 226: To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will list all public appointments that he is due to make between 14 December 2010 and 28 February 2011. [47021/10]

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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The three statutory bodies operating under the aegis of the Department are the Social Welfare Tribunal, the Citizens Information Board and the Pensions Board. In addition, the Pensions Ombudsman comes under the remit of the Department.

The Social Welfare Tribunal

There are no new appointments to the Social Welfare Tribunal scheduled for the period 14 December 2010 to 28 February 2011. The current members of the Tribunal were appointed on the 5 of October 2009 and are not due for renewal until 4 October 2012.

Citizens Information Board

The Citizens Information Board has one vacancy at present. The name of the appointee has yet to be decided.

The Pensions Board

The current term of office of Pensions Board members is due to expire on 20 December 2010 and I am in the process of appointing new members for a period of 5 years as provided for in legislation. There are 17 members of the Pensions Board including the Chairman. All appointments are made by me, of which 9 are on the nomination of certain bodies.

Section 9 of the Pensions Act 1990 as amended and the First Schedule to the Act, provides that the Board shall consist of a Chairman and 16 ordinary members, who shall be appointed to the Board by the Minister. The term of office of the Chairman and the Board Members shall be for a period not exceeding 5 years.

The Pensions Board is a representative body and while all of its members are appointed by the Minister for Social Protection, the Pensions Act provides that of the 16 ordinary members, the Board must comprise representatives of;

Trade Union Members,

Employers,

Occupational Pension Schemes,

The Actuarial Profession,

The Accounting Profession,

The Legal Profession,

Consumer Interests,

Pensioner Interests,

The Minister for Finance, and

The Minister for Social Protection.

The Minister will, by order, appoint a new Chairman and ordinary members to the Board with effect from 21 December 2010.

Office of the Pensions Ombudsman

There are no appointments due to be made by the Minister in respect of the Office of the Pensions Ombudsman during the period specified.

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