Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (179, 180)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

295 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Finance if a survey of staff to determine interest in participating in the decentralisation programme has been undertaken in his Department; when it will be completed; and if the results will be published or otherwise made available to Deputies. [2328/04]

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Enda Kenny

Question:

349 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Finance if a survey of staff in his Department has been conducted to ascertain the number willing to take part in the Government decentralisation plans; if he will detail the results of any such survey and the number of staff who wish to decentralise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2236/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 295 and 349 together.

As the Deputy is aware, I have appointed an implementation committee to prepare and submit an overall implementation plan by the end of March 2004. The implementation plan will address issues such as sequencing of various moves, acquisition/financing of new offices, associated rationalisation of Government property, scope for pooling common services between Departments and the major human resource issues that will need to be addressed. Pending completion of the plan, it has been decided not to conduct a survey of the staff of the Department in relation to decentralisation.