The General Scheme of a Sexual Offences Bill, which includes amendments to the Sex Offenders Act 2001, is at an advanced stage of preparation in my Department. This will be wide-ranging legislation. In addition to the amendments to the 2001 Act, it will implement the recommendations of two Oireachtas committees and reform the law on incest. It will also facilitate full compliance with the criminal law provisions of relevant EU, UN and Council of Europe instruments. I expect to bring the General Scheme to Government shortly with a view to seeking approval for drafting of the necessary legislation.