Thursday, 6 December 2018

Ceisteanna (100, 101)

Shane Cassells

Ceist:

100. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number, date of publication and details of post-enactment reports published by his Department since March 2011, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51378/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Shane Cassells

Ceist:

101. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of Acts passed since March 2011 that his Department is responsible for; the date each Act was signed into law in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51394/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 100 and 101 together.

The information requested by the Deputy on the Acts passed since 2011 and the dates of enactment is set out in the following table.

Name of Act

Date of Enactment

Appropriation Act 2017

18 December 2017

Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017

16 December 2017

National Shared Services Office Act 2017

26 July 2017

Ministers and Secretaries Act 2017

19 July 2017

Statute Law Revision Act 2016

26 December 2016

Appropriation Act 2016

20 December 2016

Appropriation Act 2015

16 December 2015

Financial Emergency Measures in Public Interest Act 2015

27 November 2015

Houses of the Oireachtas Commission (Amendment) Act 2015

24 December 2015

Houses of the Oireachtas (Appointments of Certain Officers) Act 2015

15 October 2015

Statute Law Revision Act 2015

18 July 2015

Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015

23 April 2015

Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015

11 March 2015

Appropriation Act 2014

19 December 2014

Freedom of Information Act 2014

14 October 2014

Protected Disclosures Act 2014

8 July 2014

Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Officer)(Amendment) Act 2014

12 April 2014

Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) (Amendment) Act 2013

24 December 2013

Appropriation Act 2013

20 December 2013

Construction Contracts Act 2013

29 July 2013

Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013

24 July 2103

Ministers and Secretaries Act 2013

23 July 2013

Financial Emergency Measures in Public Interest Act 2013

5 June 2013

National Lottery Act 2013

14 May 2013

Houses of the Oireachtas (Amendment) (No.2) Act 2012

26 December 2012

Appropriation Act 2012

21 December 2012

Ombudsman (Amendment) Act 2012

31 October 2012

Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and other provisions) Act 2012

28 July 2012

Statute Law Revision Act 2012

2 July 2012

Financial Emergency Measures in Public Interest Act 2011

19 December 2011

Appropriation Act 2011

19 December 2011

Ministers and Secretaries Act 2011

4 July 2011

The position in terms of post enactment reports varies according to the nature of the legislation in question. For example:

- The Appropriation Act is an annual Act required to provide authorisation in law for all the expenditure that has been undertaken in a given year on the basis of the Estimates and to provide legal basis for spending to continue in the year following;

- The FEMPI legislation makes provision for the Minister to submit annual reports by the end of June each year on the findings of a review of the operation, effectiveness and impact of the legislation and reports have been submitted to the Oireachtas from 2010 to 2018;

- The Statute Law Revision Acts 2012-2016 were commenced in full on enactment and their sole purpose was to repeal archaic pre-independence legislation. As such, there is nothing to review, as the Acts do not “operate” in a meaningful sense. Their entire purpose of repealing other legislation was fulfilled on the day of enactment;

- The Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013 was commenced in full on 25th September 2013. The Oireachtas has reviewed the Act by way of Volume II of the Report of the Banking Inquiry;

- The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 was commenced in full on 15 July 2014 and, as mandated by Section 2, the first statutory review of the Act’s operation has been published and can be accessed at the following link: https://www.per.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/Statutory-Review-of-the-Protected-Disclosures-Act-2014.pdf; and

- The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 provided that the Minister would commence a review of the operation of the Act 12 months after enactment, and make a report to each House of the Oireachtas. The first review of the Act was submitted to the Oireachtas and published in April 2017, further details are available at the following link: http://www.per.gov.ie/en/regulation-of-lobbying