Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (137)

David Stanton

Question:

238 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs his legislative plans for 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25796/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

The legislative plans for my Department in 2005 entail the introduction of three Bills. These are the social welfare (miscellaneous provisions) Bill 2005, the social welfare (consolidation) Bill 2005 and the social welfare Bill 2005.

The social welfare (miscellaneous provisions) Bill will provide for any amendments to the social welfare schemes consequent on the budget 2005 which are not provided for in the Social Welfare Act 2004 to be introduced immediately following the budget and any additional measures requiring a basis in legislation. This Bill is provisionally scheduled for publication early in 2005.

To improve accessibility to the existing body of social welfare legislation, it is intended that a social welfare consolidation Bill, will be introduced. This Bill will bring together, in a single document, the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act 1993 and the amending legislation enacted in the intervening years, thereby facilitating easier access to the social welfare code.

Immediately following the Budget Statement by the Minister for Finance in December 2004, a social welfare Bill that will provide for the implementation of budget increases in social welfare payments and any other changes, which would normally be scheduled to take effect from January 2005.

It is intended that the Comhairle (Amendment) Bill 2004, which was published in September last, will be progressed in conjunction with the Disability Bill. Progression to enactment is likely to continue into 2005.

Question No. 239 answered with QuestionNo. 236.