Dáil Éireann - Volume 663 - 14 October, 2008
Written Answers. - Information Obligations.
Deputy Leo Varadkar Deputy Leo Varadkar
Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he has completed his list of information obligations which their regulations impose on businesses; if so, the obligations involved; if not, when such a list will be finalised; if the most burdensome obligations, the regulations that they impose and the costs on businesses have been identified; if these costs, as they apply to businesses, have been measured; or if this aspect of the project has not been completed, the date by which this will be done; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34588/08]
Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív
Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: As the Deputy will be aware, the Government has set a 25% target for the reduction of the administra tive burden of domestic legislation on business by 2012. The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment is co-ordinating the overall process to measure and reduce burdens across Government.
The process of identifying and listing information obligations is currently under way within my own Department. I expect to have completed this process and to have finalised the prioritisation of any information obligations identified through the exercise by the end of 2008.
The prioritised information obligations will then be measured. On completion of the measurement exercise simplification plans will be prepared detailing how the target of a 25% reduction in the administrative burden of domestic regulation on business will be met by the end of 2012. I envisage that my Department will have completed the identification, prioritisation and measurement process by the end of 2009.
Dáil Éireann 663 Written Answers. Information Obligations.