Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (169)

Richard Bruton

Question:

284 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if assessments are under way in his Department on the activities proposed for decentralisation; the impact on the operations of the Department; the risks to the organisation attendant on this move; the measures that will be put in place to minimise disruption; and if these reports will be presented to him at an early date for consideration. [1974/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

The Government has established an implementation committee chaired by Mr. Philip Flynn to oversee the decentralisation programme announced by the Minister for Finance in the Budget Statement in December 2003.

My Department has set up an internal committee to implement the programme in so far as my Department is concerned to deal with the issues mentioned by the Deputy. This committee is chaired by a senior official in my Department and the heads of accommodation, personnel, management services and information systems divisions will also be members of the committee. The heads of the divisions which deal with Bord Bia, Bord Glas and Teagasc will also be members. The committee will liaise with the central implementation committee and other relevant bodies, for example, the Office of Public Works, on all aspects of the decentralisation programme. I will receive regular progress on all aspects of the decentralisation programme.