Written Answers. - Commencement Orders.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

309 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Public Enterprise the Acts or sections or other pro visions of Acts under the auspices of her Department or for the commencement of which her Department is responsible which have not commenced by reason of the fact that a commencement order has not been made; if she has any plans to make such an order in each case; if so, when; the reason for the failure in each case to make such an order to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19633/00]

I intend to make commencement orders for sections 4 to 8, 11, 16 and 23 of the Road Transport Act, 1999, before the end of the year which will allow sufficient time for my Department to introduce a new vehicle plating system. Amending regulations will also have to be introduced to repeal certain sections of the Road Transport Acts, 1933-1986. Draft regulations are at an advanced stage.

Commencement orders for the following provisions of the Postal and Telecommunications Services (Amendment) Act, 1999, have not been made: (i) section 19(3), 22 and 24 of the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983. The above provisions cannot be repealed until the State has fully divested itself of its shares in Eircom; (ii) sections 28 and 30 of the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983. The above provisions cannot be repealed until Eircom's State-guaranteed loans, which extend up to 2003, have been cleared; (iii) Sections 46(9) and (11) of the Postal and Telecommunications Services Act, 1983. These provisions must remain until the obligations of the Minister for Finance to Eircom's superannuation fund have been cleared.