Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (154)

Pat Deering


154. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Finance the secondary legislation enacted since 1 January 2018; and if the legislation in each case placed additional regulatory burdens on small and medium-sized enterprises. [31490/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

Please see below a list of secondary legislation made by me, enacted from 1 January 2018 to 18 July 2019. Please note that I cannot rule out the possibility that the list is missing very recent legislation which is currently being made or will be finalised in the immediate future. For completeness, however, I have included in the list new secondary legislation which has not yet been given an S.I. number. Please also note that the list does not include legislation made by bodies under the aegis of my Department. In the time available, it has not been practicable to definitively rule out any possibility of error or omission in the list, considering the volume of secondary legislation.

It is not possible for me to specify in relation to each specific piece of legislation whether it placed an additional regulatory burdens on small and medium enterprises (‘SMEs’). The nature of legislation, secondary or primary, is to impose legal and/or regulatory obligations on people. Some of those obligations are likely to fall on SMEs, at least tangentially. I cannot rule out in respect of this legislation the possibility of the imposition of additional regulatory burdens on SMEs. I am always mindful of the effect of regulatory burdens on people, but inevitably whenever legal obligations are affected by legislation this will likely lead to the imposition of some regulatory burdens.

Secondary Legislatoin