Written Answers. - Information Society.

Thomas P. Broughan


57 Mr. Broughan asked the Taoiseach his views on concerns that the 2005 target for delivering all public services online is unlikely to be met; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12054/03]

Strategic polices and priorities identified in New Connections, the Government's information society action plan, include the Government objective of "having all public services that are capable of electronic delivery available online, through a single point of contact, by 2005."

The Department of the Taoiseach chairs the information society assistant secretaries implementation group which monitors the implementation of the Government's strategy for the development of the information society in Ireland. This group is currently prioritising services for e-enablement, placing particular priority on projects which (a) give a good return on investment, (b) reflect the level of demand for a particular service or (c) are pivotal in progressing the wider information society agenda. Departments and agencies are engaged with the information society policy unit in the Department of the Taoiseach to consider how best this prioritisation can be given effect. Responsibility for the implementation of the various initiatives rests with the Departments and agencies charged with delivering online public services.