Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (129)

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

231 Mr. O’Connor asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the priorities of his Department following the recent Cabinet changes; the programme being followed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25723/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment)

The ambitious commitments set out in the programme for Government have not been affected by the recent Cabinet changes. The responses to these commitments, insofar as they relate to my Department, are set out in the Department's statement of strategy 2003-05. Under Section 4 of the Public Service Management Act 1997, Secretaries General and heads of office are obliged to submit statements of strategy to Ministers within six months of the Minister coming into office. I am in discussion with my officials on our existing strategy, which gives effect to the programme for Government, to see whether any part of the strategy needs to be re-visited in the light of our significant achievements in meeting our programme for Government commitments to date. I shall be instructing the Secretary General of my Department in this regard once I have completed my assessment.