Written Answers. - Regulatory Reform.

John Bruton

Question:

159 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs 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. [10785/03]

The Department of the Taoiseach is taking the lead on the issue of regulatory reform. In this regard, I understand that a progress report by the high level group on regulation, which is chaired by that Department, was published on www.betterregulation.ie in December 2002; it is also available on request from the Department of the Taoiseach. This report outlines progress made in Ireland in relation to the OECD's recommendations on regulatory reform. Since then, work has continued on the drafting of a national policy statement-White Paper on Regulatory Reform, which is expected to be published later this year.