Written Answers. - Regulatory Reform.

John Bruton

Question:

271 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism 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. [10788/03]

A progress report by the high level group on regulation was published on www.betterregulation.ie in December 2002. This report outlines progress made in relation to the OECD's recommendations on regulatory reform. Since the report, work has continued in the Department of the Taoiseach on the drafting of a national policy statement/White Paper on regulatory reform and, I understand, it is expected to be published later this year. In the meantime, the high level group on regulation will continue to monitor and co-ordinate progress in this area.

Given the nature of the work of my Department, regulatory reform developments do not have a significant impact. My officials, however, will continue to monitor relevant issues arising and input to the ongoing reform programme.