Written answers

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

Departmental Bodies Establishment

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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250. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans to re-establish the building regulations advisory board; his views on whether it was a mistake by the previous Minister to disband this board; and his further views on whether it should be re-established. [21945/17]

Photo of Damien EnglishDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael)
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Section 14 of the Building Control Act 1990 provides for the establishment, at the Minister's discretion, of a Building Regulations Advisory Body (BRAB) to advise the Minister on matters relating to building regulations.

The term of office of the last BRAB expired on 1 October 2012.  The members of that BRAB were appointed for a term of office of five years from 14 June 2007 to 13 June 2012.  A temporary extension to 1 October 2012 was granted to the existing members in light of the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations which were at an advanced stage of development at that time.

In accordance with Appendix IIb of the Government’s Public Service Reform Plan, published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in November 2011, the BRAB was listed as one of the forty six “Candidate Bodies for Critical Review by end June 2012”.  The outcome of that review process was that the work of the Building Regulations Advisory Body was to be absorbed into my Department.

I have no plans to establish a new BRAB at this time.


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