Protocol for the Provision of Information to Members of the Oireachtas by State Bodies under the aegis of Government Departments/Offices

As per the Protocol for the Provision of Information to Members of the Oireachtas by State Bodies under the aegis of Government Departments/Offices listed in the Department of Expenditure and Reform’s Circular 26, which should be read in conjunction with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, 2016 . This states that in the spirit of Open Government Partnership, state bodies should seek, where appropriate, to publish the response to queries from members of the Oireachtas on their website.

Responses to queries raised by Oireachtas members during 2017 are as follows:

Summary of Queries to HFA dedicated email address for Oireachtas Members during 2017

Date

Oireachtas Member

Summary of Questions and Answers

Responded to within deadline

7/3/2017



















John Deasy T.D.



















Question

Parliamentary Question No. 152 (Legal Costs 2016)

To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the amount spent during 2016 by his department and by each named public body under his department’s remit on legal services, by reference to each firm or individual engaged, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter .

Answer

The expenditure by the Housing Finance Agency plc. on legal services during 2016, by reference to each firm or individual engaged, is set out in tabular form below;

Name of Firm / Individual

2016

McCann Fitzgerald

€424,083*

*The legal fees charged are as agreed on the appointment of McCann FitzGerald following a competitive tender completed in December 2014.

Yes



















6/4/2017



















Catherine Murphy T.D.



















Question

Parliamentary Question No. 217

To ask the Minister for Housing; Planning; Community and Local Government the number of private investigation firms hired by statutory agencies and or semi states under the aegis of his department in the past five years to date in 2017; the names of the firms; the amount they were paid; if they supplied his department with a report on completion of their work; if he will provide copies of reports submitted to him from these firms as a result of his engagement; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Answer


Housing Finance Agency plc. has not hired the services of any private investigation firms in the past five years to date in 2017.

Yes



















22/6/2017



















Catherine Murphy T.D.



















Question

Parliamentary Question No. 265

To ask the Minister for Housing; Planning; Community and Local Government the amount spent by his department and State agencies under his aegis on outside contract and or third party public relations advice and training in past three years to date in 2017, by year and company engaged, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Answer

Housing Finance Agency plc. did not incur any outside contract and or third party public relations advice and training related expenditure, in the past three years to date in 2017.

Yes



















27/6/2017



















Mick Wallace T.D.



















Question

To ask the Minister for Housing; Planning; Community and Local Government the contracts awarded to Accenture per annum since March 2011, in tabular form by his department or agency or body under the aegis of his department; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

With regard to the agencies under his aegis, he gave me this email to use.

Could you tell me the contracts awarded to Accenture per annum since March 2011 for your agency?

Answer

Housing Finance Agency plc. has not awarded any contracts to Accenture since March 2011.

Yes



















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