Thursday, 12 November 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
National Parks and Wildlife Service
208. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when the next review of the National Parks and Wildlife Service will commence; the terms of reference for such a review; if there will be a public consultation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35989/20]
There is a commitment in the Programme for Government to review the remit, status and funding of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to ensure that it is playing an effective role in delivering its overall mandate and enforcement role in the protection of wildlife. I have decided that the review should be headed by an independent chairperson overseeing a triptych review process with a target completion date of Summer 2021. I am actively engaging with my officials in the National Parks and Wildlife Service in discussing the review further and am currently considering options with regard to the Terms of Reference and stakeholder engagement.