Dáil Éireann - Volume 602 - 11 May, 2005

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Charges.

  96. Ms Burton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children if, arising from the Travers report, progress has been made with regard to determining the whereabouts of the file prepared by the Secretary General for submission to the Attorney General, but which was never received in the Attorney General’s office, in regard to the illegal charging of long stay patients; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15309/05]

  Ms Harney: The letter and briefing documents in the file the Deputy refers to were sent to the Attorney General last October at my request, following the issue being raised in the House.

The original file drawn up in January 2004 containing these documents was not found in the Department despite an extensive search undertaken in January and February this year to facilitate the work of Mr. John Travers on the report I requested. A further search now would not be likely to produce a different result.