Dáil Éireann - Volume 400 - 27 June, 1990

Written Answers. - Administrative Burden on Business.

34. Mr. Garland asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce, in light of his admission in April 1989, of the need for a deregulation structure to reduce the amount of red tape which confronts small businesses, the efforts which he has made in the intervening period to deal with a situation where, according to the Small Firms Association, an average company is faced with 150,000 questions to complete per annum; and if he will outline his plans in this regard.

Minister for Industry and Commerce (Mr. O'Malley): The industrial costs monitoring group which operates under the aegis of my Department and which includes representation from the business sector has undertaken an analysis of the administrative burden imposed on business firms by official requirements. The analysis was undertaken in close consultation with business representative bodies including the Confederation of Irish Industry, the Federation of Irish Employers and the Construction Industry Federation. Arising from this analysis a number of actions have been identified which would help to reduce the administrative burden on business. These have been drawn to the attention of relevant Government Departments and State agencies and changes have been and are being introduced to improve the position in the light of the information provided.

I will continue to impress on my colleagues in Government, Government Departments and State Agencies the need to reduce to the minimum necessary the administrative burden placed on business by official sources.