Written Answers. - Legislative Programme.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

306 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Public Enterprise the proposals for legislation being prepared under the auspices of her Department where heads have not yet been approved by the Government; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19588/00]

The information sought by the Deputy is as set out in the following table.

Proposed legislation in respect of which heads have yet to be approved by Government.

Title of Bill

Purpose

Transport Bill.

To establish the Railway Infrastructure Procurement Agency, to make provision for Public Private Partnership related matters, and to regulate the physical operating environment of light rail.

Title of Bill

Purpose

Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) Bill.

Updating of GSI legislation

Railway Safety Bill.

To update and amend the legislative provisions relating to railway safety, and to extend the powers of the Railway Inspectorate, including the establishment of an independent Railway Safety Board.

Gas Regulation Bill.

To give effect to the restructuring of the natural gas industry.

Bord Gáis Éireann Bill.

Restructuring of Bord Gáis Éireann.

Electricity Bill.

(i)To give effect to restructured electricity industry and(ii)To re-organise ESB as a company under the Companies Acts and(iii)To consolidate existing electricity legislation.

Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Bill.

Implementation of Ireland's obligations under Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Title of Bill

Purpose

Communications (Regulation) Bill.

To provide for the extension of certain powers of the Director of Telecommunications Regulation and to update the regulatory framework in the light of the forthcoming full liberalisation of the sector.

Irish National Petroleum Corporation Limited Bill.

To provide for the sale of certain assets and liabilities of the Irish National Petroleum Corporation Limited and related matters. (This Bill may also make provision in relation to the future of the INPC and/or the National Oil Reserves Agency.

Air Navigation Eurocontrol Bill.

To give effect to the Revised Eurocontrol Convention signed by Ireland in 1997.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

307 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Public Enterprise the proposals for legislation being prepared under the auspices of her Department where heads have been approved by the Government; the expected date of publication; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19603/00]

The information sought by the Deputy is as set out in the following table.

Proposed Legislation – heads approved by Government

Title of Bill

Purpose

Expected date ofpublication

Postal (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 2000.

To provide for an employee share ownership programme in An Post.

Late 2000.

Irish EnergyCentre Bill.

To establish the Irish Energy Centre as an agency under the aegis of the Department.

Late 2000.