Written Answers. - Regulatory Reform.

John Bruton

Question:

145 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Finance if he will make a statement on the adoption or otherwise by his Department of the recommendations made in the OECD review, Regulatory Reform in Ireland; and the concrete steps taken by his Department in pursuit of these recommendations since the publication of the report. [10784/03]

A progress report by the high level group on regulation, chaired by the Department of the Taoiseach, was published on www.betterregulation.ie in December 2002. My Department is represented on the high level group. The report outlines progress made in relation to the OECD's recommendations on regulatory reform. Since the report, my Department continues to contribute to the ongoing work being undertaken in the Department of the Taoiseach on the drafting of a national policy statement White Paper on Regulatory Reform and on the development of a model of regulatory impact analysis. I understand the White Paper will be published later this year.

The Centre for Management and Organisation Development, CMOD, in my Department is keeping under review the content of its training courses for civil servants with a view to reflecting in them, as appropriate, emerging training needs arising from better regulation and regulatory impact analysis.