365. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the oversight of his Department of directives, circulars, advice or requirements issued since 2016; if surveys have been carried out of compliance with these communications to date; the surveys carried out; the results of the surveys; the compliance rate; the actions taken by his Department following these results; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31329/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Different oversight arrangements apply in relation to circulars and other advices issued from time to time, typically by the Department of Finance or the Department of Personnel, Expenditure and Reform. These concern issues as diverse as financial management, human resources ICT expenditure, and the governance of State Bodies.
In appropriate cases, policy documents are drawn up and circulated to relevant staff, particularly concerning HR matters. In other cases, compliance is ensured in a range of different ways. For example, oversight of ICT expenditure is the responsibility if the Department's ICT Governance Group, whereas the Financial Management Unit of my Department monitors financial compliance through the budget management process.
Compliance by agencies under the aegis of my Department with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies is ensured through regular, formal governance meetings, with arrangements being reviewed on an annual basis by a sub-group of the Department's Management Board.