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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 14 September 2011

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

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Denis Naughten

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594 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of staff and respective budget of each regulator under his responsibility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24233/11]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

In line with the definition of "regulatory body" set out in the report — Bodies in Ireland with Regulatory Powers — published by the Department of the Taoiseach in February 2007, information in respect of the regulators related to my Department is set out as follows.

In relation to the four regulatory bodies under the aegis of my Department, the table sets out the regulatory role, staffing numbers at end June 2011, and the estimated expenditure in 2011. These bodies are funded by a combination of Exchequer funding, own resources income such as fees and, in the case of the Environmental Protection Agency, from the Environment Fund.

Name of Body

Regulatory Role

No of Staff Employed (WTE end June 2011)

Estimated expenditure 2011€m

An Bord Pleanála

An Bord Pleanála determines appeals against decisions by planning authorities on applications for permission for development of land. The Board also assesses and determines proposals for major infrastructural developments by local authorities including roads and motorways, and certain types of strategic infrastructure development proposed by other infrastructural providers.

159

12.829*3.628 **Total: 16.457

Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency has a wide range of functions to protect the environment. Its primary activities include: licensing, law enforcement, planning and guidance, monitoring and reporting, research and the implementation of a number of EU Directives.

326

46.996***14.539**Total 61.535

Private Residential Tenancies Board

The Private Residential Tenancies Board resolves disputes between landlords and tenants, operates a national tenancy registration system and provides information and policy advice on the p Private rented sector.

60****

8**

Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland

The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland regulates by licence the custody, use manufacture, importation transportation, distribution, exportation and disposal of radioactive substances, irradiating apparatus and other sources of ionising radiation. It also provides a radioactivity measurement and certification service and prepares codes and regulations for the safe use of ionising radiation.

46

3.323*2.123**Total 5.446

* Exchequer funding

** Own resources

*** Includes funding from both Exchequer and Environment Fund

****PRTB WTE includes 23 employment agency staff.

Regulatory functions arising from my Department's mandate are also carried out by local authorities, and staffing numbers associated with the discharge of these functions are included in local authority overall staffing numbers. The costs of discharging regulatory functions by local authorities are provided for in the overall local authority annual revenue budgets. These totalled just over €4.6 billion in 2010 and are projected to total in the region of €4.5 billion in 2011.

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