Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (270)

Stephen Donnelly


270. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide in tabular form, a listing of legislative Acts signed into law in 2013 and to date in 2014, for which he is responsible for commencement; the date on which the Acts were signed into law; and the date on which he signed the ministerial order commencing the Act. [24433/14]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

In response to the Deputy's question the following table outlines the nine pieces of legislation enacted by my Department from 2013 to date, including any commencement orders, if required.




Date Ministerial Order signed to commence Act

Houses of the Oireachtas Commission (Amendment) Act 2013

26/02/2013 (No. 3 of 2013)

to amend the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Act 2003 to confer additional functions on the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission; and to provide for related matters

14 June 2013

National Lottery Act 2013


14/05/2013 (No. 13 of 2013)

to provide for the holding of a national lottery on behalf of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, to establish the Office of the Regulator of the National Lottery and to define the functions of the Regulator, to repeal the National Lottery Act 1986, to amend sections 27 and 28 of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956 and to provide for connected matters

 27 February 2014.

Financial Emergency Measures in the Public  Interest Act 2013

05/06/2013 (No. 18 of 2013)

to provide for (A) the reduction of the remuneration of certain public servants (including members of the Houses of the Oireachtas, the judiciary and certain office holders);(B) the reduction of the amount of the payment of pension or other benefits (other than lump sums) payable to or in respect of certain persons who are or were in the public service (including members and former members of the Houses of the Oireachtas, former members of the judiciary and former holders of certain offices) under an occupational pension scheme or pension arrangement (by whatever name called); and(C) the alteration of the operation of scales of pay for public servants (including the suspension of the awarding, for a certain period, of increments under those scales),and to provide for related matters

No Ministerial Commencement Order was required

Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 2013

23/07/2013 (No. 29 of 2013)

to make provision for medium-term expenditure management and for that purpose to make provision for Government expenditure ceilings and Ministerial expenditure ceilings, and to amend the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 2011

19 December 2013

Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privilege and Procedures) Act 2013

24/07/2013 (No. 33 of 2013)

to provide for the exercise by either House or both Houses of the Oireachtas (or by a Committee of either House or both Houses) of a power to conduct an inquiry into specified matters, to provide for matters relating to compellability, privilege and procedure in the Houses (and in Committees of either House or both Houses), and to provide for related matters

Signed 23 September 2013 and commenced 25 September 2013

Construction Contracts Act 2013


(No. 34 of 2013)

To regulate payments under construction contracts and to provide for related matters (subject to Commencement Order)





Two further steps are necessary for the operation of the legislation prior to its commencement.

The first, a comprehensive code of practice for the conduct of adjudication, has been the subject of consultation with key stakeholders. The final draft of the code of practice was circulated to stakeholders in March. 

The second element requires the establishment of a panel of adjudicators and a chair of that panel to be appointed.  Officials in my department are working on the details of the structure for the panel, its set up and operation and this will shortly be circulated to stakeholders for consultation.  Once this process is concluded, applications for the panel will be advertised and when the appointment process to the panel is complete the Act will be commenced.

Appropriation Act 2013


(No. 43 of 2013)

To appropriate to the proper supply services and purposes sums granted by the Central Fund (Permanent Provisions) Act 1965, to make provision in relation to deferred surrender to the Central Fund of certain undischarged appropriations by reference to the capital supply services and purposes as provided for by section 91 of the Finance Act 2004 and, for the purpose of maintaining a sufficient amount of moneys in the paymaster general's supply account so as to enable the discharge of particular liabilities, to make provision for repayable advances from the Central Fund

No Ministerial Commencement Order was required

Public  Service Management (Recruitment & Appointments)

(Amendment)  Act 2013


(No. 47 of 2013)

to enable the redeployment of members of staff in the civil service and certain other sectors of the public service to other positions in the public service (whether the civil service or other foregoing sectors); for that purpose to amend the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act 2004, and to provide for related matters

No Ministerial Commencement Order was required

Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices) (Amendment) Act 2014


(No. 6 of 2014)

to amend and extend the Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Act 1938 and to provide for related matters

15 May 2014