Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Legislative Process RIA

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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186. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of Bills his Department has published since 9 March 2011; the number and title of those Bills that included a regulatory impact assessment in advance of publication; the regulatory impact assessments published; the number of promised Bills for publication; the Bills that will include a regulatory impact assessment; the regulatory impact assessments that will be published before publication of the relevant Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45813/15]

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Minister, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Wexford, Labour)
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In response to the Deputy's question my Department has published twenty-five Bills since I was appointed Minister with six Bills requiring a Regulatory Impact Assessment. The following is a list of the seven Regulatory Impact Assessments carried out:

Name of Act/Bill-
Statute Law Revision Bill 2012RIA published by the Attorney General
Protected Disclosures Bill 2013RIA published alongside the Bill on 3 July 2013
Freedom of Information Bill 2013RIA published in September 2013
Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014RIA published 30 April 2013
Statute Law Revision Bill 2015Screening RIA conducted
Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2015RIA completed but not published

I intend to publish a further seven Bills before the end of this Government with one Bill requiring a Regulatory Impact Assessment called the Public Sector Standards Bill. The Regulatory Impact Assessment has already been published for this Bill and is currently available on my Department's website.

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