Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Land Development Agency
161. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government to outline his plans to publish new heads of a Bill for the Land Development Agency; and if he plans to consult with the Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage before proceeding to finalisation of the legislation and publication of the final LDA Bill. [29872/20]
In September 2018, the Land Development Agency was established on an interim basis by statutory instrument under the Local Government Services (Corporate Bodies) Act 1971, as amended.
A General Scheme of the Bill to establish the LDA as a commercial state body was approved by Government for publication, consideration for pre-legislative scrutiny and priority drafting in July 2019. The pre-legislative scrutiny process is now complete and the Committee's report has been received by my Department.
I intend updating the Government shortly on a number of policy matters which have informed the drafting process for the General Scheme, taking account of the pre-legislative scrutiny process and the Programme for Government commitments. In this context the General Scheme of the Bill has been updated and, subject to the approval of Government, I intend to publish this updated General Scheme for information.
There will be further engagement with the Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage following the publication of the Bill.