Dáil Éireann - Volume 614 - 08 February, 2006

Written Answers. - Legal Services.

[671]   194. Mr. Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the amount of expenditure incurred by health boards (details supplied) in respect of legal services for 2002, 2003 and 2004; the name and address of each company; and the amount received in respect of the ten former regional health boards. [4557/06]

  Ms Harney: Section 5 of the Health Act 1970 and section 7 of the Health (Eastern Regional Authority) Act 1999 state that the health boards and the ERHA were corporate bodies prior to the enactment of the Health Act 2004. Therefore, the provision of legal services and the expenditure incurred by the boards and the authority were matters solely for them. The Department of Health and Children had no role to play. Accordingly, the Department has asked the parliamentary affairs division of the Health Service Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and for a reply to issue directly to the Deputy.

  195. Mr. Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the procurement process which existed for 2002, 2003 and 2004 for awarding contracts to provide legal services to the ten former regional health boards (details supplied). [4558/06]

  Ms Harney: Section 5 of the Health Act 1970 and section 7 of the Health (Eastern Regional Authority) Act 1999 state that the health boards and the ERHA were corporate bodies prior to the enactment of the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, the Department of Health and Children has asked the parliamentary affairs division of the Health Service Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and for a reply to issue directly to the Deputy.

  196. Mr. Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the number of legal firms currently providing legal advice to the Health Service Executive; and the Health Service Executive’s procurement policy for the awarding of contracts to provide such services. [4559/06]

  Ms Harney: Section 6 of the Health Act 2004 states that the Health Service Executive is a corporate body. Accordingly, the Department of Health and Children has asked the parliamentary affairs division of the Health Service Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and for a reply to issue directly to the Deputy.

  197. Mr. Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children the amount of expenditure incurred by the Health Service Executive for 2005; the name and address of each company who provided legal services to the [672] Health Service Executive in 2005; and the amount paid or due to be paid in respect of such services to each company. [4560/06]

  Ms Harney: Section 6 of the Health Act 2004 states that the Health Service Executive is a corporate body. Accordingly, the Department of Health and Children has asked the parliamentary affairs division of the Health Service Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and for a reply to issue directly to the Deputy.