Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (96, 97, 98)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

212 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Taoiseach 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. [2324/04]

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Richard Bruton

Question:

228 Mr. R. Bruton asked the Taoiseach 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. [1971/04]

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Enda Kenny

Question:

231 Mr. Kenny asked the Taoiseach 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. [2232/04]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 212, 228 and 231 together.

My Department is not included in the decentralisation proposals announced by the Minister for Finance in the budget, although I am conscious that some members of staff may wish to avail of the opportunity to decentralise. An implementation committee has been appointed by the Minister for Finance to drive the process forward and this committee has been asked to prepare and submit an overall implementation plan to the Minister by end-March. There are no plans to conduct a survey in advance of the preparation of this plan.