Other Questions. - Legislative Programme.

Emmet Stagg


35 Mr. Stagg asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the progress made to date in the review of the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Act, 1998, promised in the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7124/01]

The Programme for Prosperity and Fairness included a provision for the operation of the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts, 1977 and 1988 to be reviewed in the first year of the programme. The social partners agreed that Mr. Declan Morrin, director of the advisory service of the Labour Relations Commission should carry out this review which is expected to be completed by May this year.

Written submissions have been sought from IBEC, ICTU and the Department of Public Enterprise, which is primarily responsible for the commercial semi-State companies. Mr. Morrin will also meet a group of worker directors from a number of semi-State companies.

Has anything happened in this area or must we await the report's publication?

As Mr. Morrin is due to report in May, a considerable degree of consultative activity is ongoing. The social partners agreed to this process and, for that reason, we can be confident they will come up with the goods. I am pleased the report will be available sooner rather than later.