Written Answers. - Legislative Programme.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

231 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the proposals for legislation being prepared under the auspices of his Department where heads have not yet been approved by the Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19586/00]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

232 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources the proposals for legislation being prepared under the auspices of his Department where heads have been approved by the Government; the expected date of publication; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19601/00]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 231 and 232 together.

Details of legislation under preparation by my Department, where heads have not yet been approved, and where heads have been approved by Government, are set out in the following tables:

Table A – Legislation where heads have not been approved by Government

Title

Purpose of Bill

Present Position

Date Approval of Heads Expected

Expected PublicationDate

Law of the Sea (Prevention of Acts of Piracy) Bill, 2000

To provide for the implementation of the piracy provisions of UNCLOS 82 in Irish Law.

Draft Memo submitted to Government

October 2000

Early 2001

Fishery Harbours (Amendment) Bill

To establish new management structures for the Fishery Harbour Centres.

Heads of Bill being prepared in Department

Late 2000

Mid 2001

Coastal Zone Management Bill

To establish new legal framework for the integrated management of the coastal zone and to replace Foreshore Acts.

Heads of Bill being prepared in Department

Early 2001

Mid 2001

Minerals Developments Bill

To give effect to unimplemented recommendations of the National Minerals Policy Review Group.

Heads of Bill being prepared by Department

Early 2001

2002

Coast Guard Bill

To develop marine emergency capabilities.

Heads of Bill being prepared in Department

Mid 2001

2002

Forestry (Amendment) Bill

To update the Forestry Acts 1948-1988

Heads of Bill being prepared in Department

Mid 2001

Late 2001

Fisheries (Amendment) BillNo. 2

To provide for offences and penalties in relation to salmon tagging

Heads of Bill being prepared in Department

October 2000

Mid 2001

Table B – Legislation where Heads have been approved by Government

Title

Purpose of Bill

Present Position

Date Heads Cleared by Govt

Expected Publication Date

Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Bill

To impose statutory obligation on applicants for Dumping at Sea Permits

Text to be submitted to Government in September for approval

16/5/00

October 2000(Seanad)

Adventure Activities (Safety) Bill

To establish a regulatory regime for safety of adventure activities, including the setting up of a statutory authority

Preparation of text well advanced

30/05/00

Early 2001

Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission Bill

In agreement with Northern Ireland authorities, to provide for inland fisheries development function and development and licensing of aquaculture in Loughs Foyle and Carlingford.

Drafting of text proceeding

20/06/00

Early 2001 (Subject to consultation with Northern Ireland authorities)