Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (44)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

41 Mr. Howlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when the promised legislation to put the employment permit regime on a comprehensive and sound statutory footing will be introduced; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8057/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise)

While drafting of the Employment Permits (No. 2) Bill 2003 has been completed by my Department and the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, I have asked for further work to be done on a number of legal issues arising. In the meantime, work on examining the draft Bill is continuing within my Department. I am most anxious that this Bill, which seeks to put the instruments of economic migration on a sound statutory basis, be published before the end of this session and that the outstanding issues be resolved as expeditiously as possible.