Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Ministerial Responsibilities

8:00 pm

Photo of Nicky McFaddenNicky McFadden (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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Question 323: To ask the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government the specific roles and responsibilities of the Ministers of State in his Department. [17053/11]

Photo of Phil HoganPhil Hogan (Minister, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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Mr. Willie Penrose, TD, Minister of State at my Department, has comprehensive responsibility for the housing and physical planning functions of my Department. In summary, Minister of State Penrose is responsible for the implementation of the Government’s Housing Policy Framework and a range of associated housing and planning functions. These include, in the housing area, social housing investment and procurement programmes, including the work of the Housing Finance Agency; quality of social housing through housing renewal and regeneration, including the work of the Limerick and Ballymun Regeneration Agencies; support/overview of the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency; the private rented sector, including implementation of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and support/overview of the Private Residential Tenancies Board, Rent Tribunal and private rented sector accommodation standards. Minister of State Penrose has also been delegated Ministerial powers and functions under the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2010, other than the powers to prosecute an offence and make appointments to An Bord Pleanála. The powers and functions under the Planning Acts include the finalisation of implementation arrangements for the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2010 and implementation of key elements of the Government’s National Spatial Strategy 2002-2020.

Mr. Fergus O’Dowd, TD, Minister for State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and at my own Department, has responsibility for the NewERA Plan. Minister of State O’Dowd’s responsibilities include development of the organisational structure for the company, Irish Water, following the completion of the independent assessment on the establishment of the company; progression and implementation of the legislation required for the establishment of Irish Water; and implementation of the Government’s policy on water metering and water pricing and charging.

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