Written Answers. - National Competitiveness Council.

John Bruton

Question:

48 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Taoiseach the plans, if any, he has to change the terms of reference of the National Competitiveness Council which require it to report to him on key competitiveness issues. [1222/99]

Under its terms of reference, the National Competitiveness Council is required to prepare and submit reports to the Taoiseach on challenges facing the enterprise sector and the policy responses required to meet them.

Technical amendments to the terms of reference, which have been proposed by Forfás, are currently being considered by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and my Department. The sole purpose of these amendments would be to reflect the role and functions of the council with greater clarity. They would not impact on the council's ongoing programme of work.

I should also point out that when the council members were appointed, the term of office of members was not specified. Proposals to clarify the position are also being considered.