Written Answers. - Proposed Legislation.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

184 Mr. Quinn asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment 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. [19585/00]

The Company Law Consolidation Bill is the only piece of legislation being prepared by my Department where heads have not yet been approved by Government. The expected publication date of this Bill is late 2001. Because of the nature of consolidation, which is a restatement rather than an amendment of existing law, it is not necessary or appropriate for the heads of the Bill to be approved by Government in advance of the Consolidation Bill itself.

A review of Part XIII of the Companies Act, 1990, which makes specific provision for investment companies, is under way in my Department. The review may be followed by amending legislation.

A review of the Registration of Business Names Act, 1963, is nearing conclusion following an extensive consultation process with interested parties. Consideration will shortly be given to the question of whether and to what extent new legislation will be necessary.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

185 Mr. Quinn asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment 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. [19600/00]

The following Bills, the heads of which have been approved by Government, are currently being prepared by my Department:

Title of Bill

Expected dateof Publication

Carers Leave Bill

Late 2000

Part-Time Workers Directive Bill

Late 2000

Work Permits Bill

Late 2000

National Training Fund Bill

Late 2000

Industrial and Provident Societies(Amendment) Bill

Early 2001

The expected publication date of the Company Law Consolidation Bill is late 2001.
Because of the nature of consolidation, which is a restatement rather than an amendment of existing law, it is not necessary or appropriate for the heads of the Bill to be approved by Government in advance of the Consolidation Bill itself.