Dáil Éireann - Volume 336 - 23 June, 1982

Written Answers. - Community Service Orders.

554. Mr. Shatter asked the Minister for Justice whether he intends to implement [1356] the recommendations contained in the report entitled Community Service Orders which was published in June 1981; and when it is intended to provide for a system of community service orders.

Minister for Justice (Mr. Doherty): I take it the Deputy is referring in his question to the White Paper published in June 1981. A Bill to provide for a scheme of Community Service Orders was circulated to Deputies on 17 June 1982. Apart from the legislation, a number of other practical problems — for example, the staffing of the scheme — have to be considered further and until such time as decisions have been taken on them I will not be in a position to give a firm indication as to when the scheme is likely to come into operation.