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480. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide in tabular form the number, name and date of Bills initiated in her Department that have been subject to the pre-legislative scrutiny procedure in the Oireachtas. [1818/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Five Bills in my Department initiated in the Dáil or Seanad were subject to the pre-legislative scrutiny procedure in the Oireachtas.

          Bills initiated in Dáil/Seanad that were subject to pre-legislative scrutiny
          Bill Number Bill Name Date Referred to Committee
          No. 32 of 2012 Criminal Justice (Withholding Information on crimes against Children and Vulnerable Adults) Bill 29/07/11
          No. 71 of 2012 National Vetting Bureau Bill 28/07/11
          No. 83 of 2013 Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill 2013 (previously Mental Capacity Bill) In 2012 the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality invited written submissions on the Scheme of the then-entitled Mental Capacity Bill and held public hearings on the proposed legislation on 22/29 February 2012. The Committee issued its report in May 2012.
          The Bill was published in July 2013 as the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill and, as it differed in certain respects from the original scheme, the Joint Committee, in April 2014, invited further written submissions from interested parties, which it forwarded to the Department.
          No. 20 of 2014 Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Bill 2014 (Enacted 2014) 04/06/12
          No. 96 of 2014 Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2014 26/01/12
    As the Deputy is aware, under Dáil Standing Order 123 A and prior to its presentation or introduction to the Dáil, the General Scheme or draft Heads of a Bill shall, (save in exceptional circumstances), be given by a member of Government or a Minister of State to the Committee empowered under Standing Order 82A for their consideration. Nine such Schemes/draft Heads were also sent for pre-legislative scrutiny.
          General Schemes/draft Heads sent for pre-legislative scrutiny
          Bill Number Bill Name Date Referred to Committee
          N/A Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill 20/06/12
          N/A Mediation Bill 05/03/13
          N/A Gambling Control Bill 15/07/13
          N/A Children and Family Relationships Bill 30/01/14
          N/A Criminal Justice (Community Sanctions) Bill (previously Probation Service Bill) 07/02/14
          N/A Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill
          (previously the Policing Authority Bill & Garda Síochána (Amendment) Bill)
          07/04/14
          N/A Criminal Procedure Bill 25/06/14
          N/A Hague Convention (Choice of Court) Bill 08/12/14
          N/A Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality Referendum) Bill 19/12/14