Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (36)

Martin Ferris

Question:

36. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to take on additional staff to deliver the recently announced overhaul of the Irish Statute Book to be overseen by his Department. [42523/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

On 12th July 2013, the Government approved my proposals to continue with the task of overhauling and simplifying the statute book, to be delivered initially through a series of statute law revision Bills focusing on eliminating obsolete regulations and charters before Irish independence and obsolete legislation more widely since independence.

At present, the Statute Law Revision Programme is being led and managed by two professional legal personnel (Project Director and Project Manager) engaged under contract with my Department. In addition, under the National JobBridge Scheme, three researchers have been offered and accepted placements in recent weeks to work on the project, joining three other researchers already working on the project who have also been appointed under this Scheme. These staffing arrangements correspond to those in place when the project was previously located in the Office of the Attorney General where it was initiated.

Responsibility for the SLRP transferred to my Department in January 2012.