Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Health
Drugs Task Forces
Question 701: To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide details of all the drugs task forces nationally including the name of the chair, the number of board members, and the number of staff employed on full time and part time contracts; the procedures, if any, that are in place to decide the persons that compose these boards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8045/12]
Question 702: To ask the Minister for Health if he could provide a breakdown of the expenditure of each drugs task force on local projects and on salaries; the funding allocated to each drugs task force nationally for 2011; the amount of funding allocated for each task force for 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8046/12]
Question 703: To ask the Minister for Health the section within his Department that has responsibility for allocating funding to drugs task forces; if he will clarify if it is this same section to whom task forces report ; if not, to whom do they report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8047/12]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 701, 702 and 703 together.
Due to the volume of information requested by the Deputy in relation to the membership and staffing of each Task Force and its expenditure on local projects and salaries, I have arranged for the details to be forwarded directly to her.
The procedures governing the appointment of the chair and members to the Task Force are contained in the Local and Regional Drugs Task Forces Handbook, which is available on the Department's website. In the main, each Task Force is supported by a coordinator, a development worker and administrator.
Drugs Task Forces report to the Drugs Programmes Unit of my Department in relation to their expenditure and activities. This Unit is also responsible for allocating funding to the Drugs Task Forces. The 2011 and 2012 allocations in respect of each Task Force are detailed in the table.
|Local Drugs Task Force||2012 Allocation €||2011 Allocation €|
|North Inner City||2,369,624||2,428,391|
|South Inner City||2,161,821||2,215,434|
|Regional Drugs Task Force||2012 Allocation €||2011 Allocation €|
|East Coast Area||851,596||872,716|
|North Dublin City & County||826,087||846,574|