Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (156)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

156. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the Government Department or bodies under their aegis that have shown the least progress in terms of public sector reform in the past five years; the way this compares with those Departments that have achieved most in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10714/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Government’s Public Service Reform Plan, published November 2011, sets out an ambitious range of actions and timescales for comprehensive reform across all areas of the Public Service. In addition, all Departments and major Offices have developed their own high-level Integrated Reform Delivery Plans, which set out the key actions required to ensure the successful delivery of the priority reform initiatives set out in the Programme for Government, the Public Service Reform Plan, the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure and the Public Service Agreement, as well as sector-specific reform initiatives.

Departments and Offices are required to produce regular reports on progress under these plans to the Cabinet Committee on Public Service Reform, via the Reform and Delivery Office in my Department, which is overseeing and driving the reform programme.

I am satisfied with the progress that all Departments, Offices and Sectors are making in this area. This is reflected in the statement of progress on the implementation of the Public Service Reform Plan, published last September, and also in the reports of the Implementation Body overseeing progress on the Public Service Agreement.

Questions Nos. 157 to 159, inclusive, answered with Question No. 19.