189. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has received a set of 29 questions (details supplied) regarding the investment and administration of wards of court funds which have been sent to his Department and to the Courts Service but have not to date been addressed by the Courts Service; if he has had engagement with the Courts Service in regard to a reply to these questions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41112/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, the High Court has jurisdiction in Wards of Court matters and management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions under the Courts Service Act 1998.
The correspondence referred to by the Deputy has been received and is currently being addressed by my Department and the Courts Service. A reply will be issued in due course.