Dáil Éireann - Volume 592 - 16 November, 2004
Written Answers. - Work Permits.
Mr. O’Shea Mr. O’Shea
132. Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when the promised legislation to put the employment permit regime on a comprehensive and sound statutory footing; the reason for the delay in bringing forward the legislation, which was originally promised for 2003; if it is intended to replace the current work permit system with a green card system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28343/04]
Mr. Connaughton Mr. Connaughton
146. Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment his plans to alter the work permit scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28392/04]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
 Mr. Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 132 and 146 together.
The preparatory stages of the employment permits Bill have taken longer than expected due to the change in labour market circumstances and the need to achieve greater clarity and simplicity than the original draft provided for. I expect to publish the Bill during the current Dáil term. The Minister of State with responsibility for labour affairs announced recently that a firm of consultants had been engaged to design a new work permits system. A significant feature of the new system will be a prior registration process whereby employers will be required to register with my Department before a work permit can be issued. This is intended as one of a number of measures aimed at enhancing controls to eliminate any potential abuses.
Question No. 133 answered with Question No. 75.
Question No. 134 answered with Question No. 115.
Dáil Éireann 592 Written Answers. Work Permits.