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Written answers

Monday, 11 September 2017

Department of Education and Skills

Legislative Process

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour)
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386. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding his department’s work on the General Scheme of Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38068/17]

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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I published the General Scheme of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill on 15 May 2017 following Government approval.

On 18 July 2017 the Joint Committee on Education and Skills determined that the Bill did not require pre-legislative scrutiny.

The Bill has now been referred to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel for the appointment of a legislative drafter.

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour)
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387. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; the timeframe for it to return to Dáil Éireann; his planned changes to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38069/17]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour)
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459. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans regarding the Technological Universities Bill 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38937/17]

Photo of Mary Mitchell O'ConnorMary Mitchell O'Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 387 and 459 together.

The Government approved the drafting of insertions and amendments to the Technological Universities Bill 2015, as passed at Committee Stage in Dáil Eireann, on 11 July 2017. The approval is subject to any amendments, including any consequential amendments, deemed necessary by the Office of the Attorney General.Officials from my Department are currently consulting with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel to the Government on the drafting of insertions and amendments to the Bill. I intend to introduce the revised Bill at Committee Stage in the new Dáil session at the earliest possible juncture subject to the drafting process.

The main amendments proposed to the Bill are publicly available on the Department’s website

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