Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (242)

Niall Collins

Question:

242. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide in a tabular form the total list of quasi-governmental organisations and agencies under his remit; if he will provide a list of quasi-governmental organisations and agencies under his remit that have been abolished since March 2011 or are scheduled to be abolished and the date on which they are due to be abolished; the date on which the body was created; the name of the body; the 2012 budget for the body; the number of employees of the body in 2012; the names of any outside consultants hired by the organisation since March 2011 and what future plans he has for the body. [49311/12]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The State Agencies under the aegis of my Department are as follows:

- An Bord Pleanála

- Dublin Docklands Development Authority

- Environmental Protection Agency

- Housing Finance Agency

- Irish Water Safety

- Housing Sustainable Communities Agency

- Local Government Management Agency

- Private Residential Tenancies Board

- Radiological Protection Institute Ireland

- Western Development Commission

Pobal, is a not-for-profit company with charitable status, which manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU.

The Local Government Management Services Board and the Local Government Computer Services Board have merged with the establishment of the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) in August 2012. The LGMA also takes on the residual functions from An Chomhairle Leabharlanna, which has been dissolved as of 1 November 2012.

The Limerick Regeneration Agencies were dissolved on 31 July 2012 and their functions taken over by the Office for Regeneration which has been established in Limerick City. The Regeneration Office has been set up with administrative support from Limerick City Council and reports directly to the new City/County Manager.

The Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency (HSCA) was established in 2012. It rationalises the functions of the National Building Agency (NBA), the Affordable Homes Partnership (AHP) and the Centre for Housing Research (CHR). The AHP and the CHR have been closed down and the NBA ceased operating in June 2011.

Comhar (Sustainable Development Council) was discontinued at the end of 2011 and its sustainable development role has been integrated into the work of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC).

The Dormant Accounts Board will be dissolved by the end of 2012 when the Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Act, 2012 is commenced.

The operations of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) will be wound up by the end of 2013. This transitional period will allow the Authority to progress elements of ongoing work and to make the necessary preparations for the migration to new arrangements, to be decided by Government.

The agency rationalisation/efficiency agenda will be kept under review, taking account of the Public Service Reform Plan, in so far as other agencies under my Department’s aegis are concerned.

Information on the projected expenditure for Exchequer funded agencies under the aegis of my Department is published in the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2012.  The summary table of Exchequer expenditure of non-commercial State agencies shows the provisional outturn for 2011 and the estimated expenditure for 2012.

The staffing levels as of the end of Quarter 3 2012 are as follows:

Establishment

Agency

Quarter 3 Staff Level expressed in Whole Time Equivalents

1977

An Bord Pleanála

146.0

1997

Dublin Docklands Development Authority

14.0

1993

Environmental Protection Agency

313.1

1982

Housing Finance Agency

10.0

1999

Irish Water Safety

6.0

2012

Housing Sustainable Communities Agency

39.97

2012

Local Government Management Agency

101.0

2004

Private Residential Tenancies Board

46.4

1992

Radiological Protection Institute Ireland

41.4

1999

Western Development Commission

12.4

In relation to outside consultants the information requested is being compiled and will be sent to the Deputy as soon as possible.