Dáil Éireann - Volume 481 - 15 October, 1997
Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.
Ms McManus Ms McManus
23. Ms McManus asked the Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs when it is planned to publish the Social Welfare Bill in view of the fact that the budget is to be on 3 December 1997; if any increases will be applied from 1 January 1998; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16431/97]
Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs (Mr. D. Ahern) Dermot Ahern
Minister for Social, Community and Family Affairs (Mr. D. Ahern): It is not possible to indicate when the Social Welfare Bill, 1998 will be published. The date of publication will depend on a number of factors including the extent and range of measures contained in the budget, affecting my Department, which require legislation; the implementation dates for such measures, and the level of consultation required with other Government Departments, agencies or interested groups in the formulation of the provisions of the Bill. I will endeavour to have this Bill published at earliest possible date.
 With regard to the effective date for any increases in social welfare payments, this matter will fall to be considered in the context of the forthcoming budget and will be announced by the Minister for Finance in his Financial Statement on 3 December 1997.
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