I propose to take Questions Nos. 900 and 914 together.
The areas under my Department's aegis that were selected in the Government's decentralisation programme announced on 3 December 2003 are as follows: Data Protection Commissioner's Office; the Equality Authority; Office of the Director of Equality Investigations (The Equality Tribunal); staff from the Garda Headquarters area; Garda Síochána Complaints Board; Land Registry; the Irish Prison Service; Probation and Welfare Service; and Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform staff.
While large scale decentralisation of this nature undoubtedly presents challenges, I am confident that it will not impact adversely on service delivery or efficiency in the offices being decentralised. A high-level implementation group has been established in my Department, with representatives from the areas concerned, to deal with all issues arising from the decentralisation proposals approved by Government. The group will have regard to any decision of the central implementation committee that has been established by the Department of Finance. The Department has no plans to conduct a survey of staff.