The future of a number of State agencies, including Combat Poverty and the National Consumer Agency, is still under Government review.

There has been some political criticism following reports that both agencies were facing abolition as part of the Government's cost-cutting drive.

The Department of Social and Family Affairs said a review of the future of the Combat Poverty Agency started in December of last year, and was expected to report to the Minister shortly.

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, which has responsibility for the National Consumer Agency, said no decisions have been made and no proposals have been submitted by the Department to Government about the restructuring of the Agency.

Following Government agreement on the need to cut spending earlier this month, the Minister for Finance wrote to other Ministers with suggestions for rationalisations in the number of agencies.