The Company Law Consolidation Bill is the only piece of legislation being prepared by my Department where heads have not yet been approved by Government. The expected publication date of this Bill is late 2001. Because of the nature of consolidation, which is a restatement rather than an amendment of existing law, it is not necessary or appropriate for the heads of the Bill to be approved by Government in advance of the Consolidation Bill itself.
A review of Part XIII of the Companies Act, 1990, which makes specific provision for investment companies, is under way in my Department. The review may be followed by amending legislation.
A review of the Registration of Business Names Act, 1963, is nearing conclusion following an extensive consultation process with interested parties. Consideration will shortly be given to the question of whether and to what extent new legislation will be necessary.