Written Answers. - Semi-State Sector.

Jack Wall

Question:

103 Mr. Wall asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources his plans for the future of Bord na Móna; if he has received a response from the board of Bord na Móna to his request for their views on the future of the company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10846/03]

Planning for the future of Bord na Móna is a matter for the company in the first instance. In that regard I would refer the Deputy to the programme for Government, agreed in June 2002, which states that the Government "will approach the issue of the appropriate form of ownership or structure for state companies on a case-by-case basis" and "will support the maximum commercial freedom of semi-state companies, subject to the fulfilment of national strategic and balanced regional policy objectives". I have recently received a response from the chairman of Bord na Móna in relation to the board's views of the company's future strategy plans. My Department and the Department of Finance are currently considering this response and will be reverting to the company in due course.