Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (68)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

139 Ms Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if, in regard to proposals for decentralisation, a survey has been undertaken to establish the number of persons employed in her Department and in boards or agencies operating under the aegis of her Department who are willing to move to the new locations announced by the Minister for Finance in his budget speech; the results of such a survey; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3803/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Enterprise)

Following the announcement of the Government's decentralisation programme, under which 250 staff of my Department will decentralise to Carlow, a survey was conducted within the Department with a view to establishing the numbers of staff interested in decentralising to locations outside Dublin. A total of 503 staff responded to the survey, 69 of whom indicated that they would be prepared to transfer to Carlow and 160 of whom indicated a willingness to decentralise to other locations outside Dublin.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland have not yet conducted a survey of their staff on the issue of decentralisation.

The Health and Safety Authority conducted a survey of its Dublin-based staff with 15 of the 107 staff surveyed expressing an interest in decentralising to Thomastown.

FÁS also conducted a survey of its Dublin-based staff with 30 out of the 413 surveyed expressing an interest in decentralising to Birr.