Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (37)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

37. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the timeline for the introduction of a national postcode system; if he will report on the types of system being explored by his Department; and when it is expected to have the new system in place. [34719/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The procurement process to select a postcode management licence holder to implement a National Postcode System is currently underway. Intensive work has taken place on what is an extremely complex national project and the details of the procurement process are confidential. I can say that the final tender has issued and the process is expected to come to a conclusion shortly.

The final decision to proceed with implementation of a National Postcode System will be for decision by Government and will be based on appropriate financial, technical and operational considerations. I cannot give a precise date on when this decision will be made but I intend that it will be no later than the third quarter of this year.