Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Horse Racing Ireland Bill 2015: Committee and Remaining Stages
This relates to the accounts of the racing regulatory body. It goes back to some of the initial comments we made and which the Minister heard in the earlier stages in regard to drawing the regulatory body closer to the bosom of HRI through the legislation. Is the Minister satisfied the drafting of this section gives a fair and balanced opportunity to the regulatory body to maintain its financial independence, notwithstanding the fact that where taxpayers' money is concerned, we must ensure it is spent in a proper fashion? It seems a lengthy set of requirements and rules. Is it one which the Minister has reflected on or requested representation about?