Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (897, 898)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

1019 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if a survey of staff to determine interest in participating in the decentralisation programme has been undertaken in her Department; when it will be completed; and if the results will be published or otherwise made available to Deputies. [2338/04]

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Enda Kenny

Question:

1036 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if a survey of staff in her Department has been conducted to ascertain the number willing to take part in the Government decentralisation plans; if she will detail the results of any such survey and the number of staff who wish to decentralise; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2246/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1019 and 1036 together.

My Department has established a formal project management structure to manage the decentralisation programme within the organisation. The structure will support the two phases of the decentralisation programme i.e. the development of an overall departmental strategy and the development and implementation of plans for decentralising individual sections.

As an input to the planning process, a survey is being conducted to establish initial indicators of interest in the various decentralisation locations. It is expected that the results of this survey will be available in the next few weeks.