181. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the areas in which Part III of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956 is in force; the measures in place to ensure that District Courts are kept informed as to the areas in which Part III of the Act is in force; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11535/19]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): While the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956 comes under the auspices of the Minister for Justice and Equality, the provisions in Part III of the Act relate wholly to the responsibility of a local authority, the District Court and the Revenue Commissioners to take certain actions or not with regard to the licensing of gaming machines. I have no role or responsibility in relation to the actions of local authorities under Part III of the Act. Thus, my Department does not have the information requested by the Deputy.
The Deputy will appreciate that I am not in a position to comment on decisions by the judiciary or to interfere in the decision making processes of the courts in any manner.