Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

828 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands 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. [19595/00]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

829 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands 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. [19610/00]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 828 and 829 together.

The information requested by the Deputy is as follows: heads approved by Government – Irish Film Board (Amendment) Bill, early this session; Housing (Gaeltacht) (Amendment) Bill, early this session; heads not yet approved by Government – Heritage Fund Bill, Arts Bill, Official Languages Equality Bill, Consolidation and Review of the National Monuments Acts, 1930 to 1994.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

830 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands the proposed statutory instruments being prepared in, or under the auspices of her Department; the proposed effect of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19625/00]

The information regarding proposed statutory instruments requested by the Deputy is set out as follows:

The consultation process under the Broadcasting (Major Events Television Coverage) Act, 1999, which will lead to the preparation of a statutory Order, is under way. This is designed to ensure that events of major importance to society can be seen on free-to-air television.

Two statutory instruments are under consideration to extend the existing network of special protection areas required under the EU Birds Directive 79/409/EEC.

A statutory instrument is under consideration for the purpose of making certain technical amendments to the European Communities (Natural Habitats) Regulations, 1997.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

831 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands the Acts or sections or other provisions 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. [19640/00]

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 44 on Wednesday, 25 November 1998, in which I outlined those parts and-or sections of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997, which have already been implemented.

It is my intention that part II of the Act will be commenced in 2001. The remaining sections of the Act will be commenced as required and as appropriate.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

832 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands the directives issued under the treaties establishing the European Communities of which any provision coming under the auspices of her Department has not yet been transposed into law; if in each case such transposition will be effected by Bill or statutory instrument; if transposition is overdue in any case; if so, the steps, if any, taken by the European Commission by way of enforcement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19655/00]

There are no such directives coming under the auspices of my Department which await transposition into law.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

833 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands the committees, boards, companies or other bodies under the auspices of her Department which were established pursuant to statutory instrument; if she will give details of the statutory instrument in each case; if there are any proposals to have the body in question given a basis in statute as opposed to statutory instrument; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19670/00]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

834 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands the committees, boards, companies or other bodies under the auspices of her Department which were established otherwise than pursuant to statute or statutory instrument; if there are any proposals to have the body in question given a statutory basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19685/00]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

835 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands the committees, boards, companies or other bodies under the auspices of her Department which it is proposed to establish; if it is intended that each such body will have a statutory basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19700/00]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 833 to 835, inclusive, together.

The details of the committees, boards, companies or other bodies under the auspices of my Department, as requested by the Deputy, are as follows:

Proposed Committee, Board, company or other body

Bodies established otherwise than pursuant to statute or statutory instrument

Any proposals to give the body Statutory Basis/basis in statute

Additional information

SAC Appeals Advisory Board

None

Coiste Comhairleach na nÓg

None

Steering and Monitoring Committee for the study of Island Airstrips

None

Interdepartmental Committee for the Islands, the Gaeltacht and the Irish Language

None

An Coimisiún faoin nGaeilge sa Ghaeltacht

None

Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge

None

Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI)

Yes

IRTC to be renamed the BCI under the Broadcasting Bill 1999

Proposed Committee, Board, company or other body

Bodies established otherwise than pursuant to statute or statutory instrument

Any proposals to give the body Statutory Basis/basis in statute

Additional information

TG4

Yes

Establishment provided for in the Broadcasting Bill, 1999

The Discovery Programme Ltd.

None

Establishment as a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital

Burren Consultative Committee

None

Board of National Museum

Yes

To be established under the National Cultural Institutions Act 1997 – Section 10

Board of National Library

Yes

To be established under the National Cultural Institutions Act 1997 – Section 10

Council of National Cultural Institutions

None

Caretaker Board of the National Museum

None

Will remain in existence until the Board is established under Section 10 of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997