Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (111)

Martin Heydon

Ceist:

111. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the primary legislation enacted since May 2016; and if the legislation in each case placed additional regulatory burdens on small and medium enterprises. [31483/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Foreign)

My Department has enacted the following primary legislation since May 2016:

- Diplomatic Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2017. No additional regulatory burdens were placed on small and medium enterprises.

- Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict (Hague Convention) Act 2017. No additional regulatory burdens were placed on small and medium enterprises.

- The Passports Act 2008 was amended on enactment of Section 207 of the Data Protection Act 2018. The purpose of this provision is to amend the Passports Act 2008 in line with changes introduced by both the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and the Data Protection Act 2018. No additional regulatory burdens were placed on small and medium enterprises.

- The Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2019 – the ‘Brexit Omnibus Act’. It focuses on protecting Irish citizens, assisting businesses and jobs, and securing ongoing access to essential services and products. It consists of fifteen Parts relating to matters within the remits of nine Ministers. All Parts of this legislation are ready to be commenced as needed in the event of a no deal Brexit. Parts One and Fifteen of the Act fall under the remit of my Department and are not expected to place any additional regulatory burdens on small and medium enterprises.