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Written Answers - Regulatory Impact Assessments

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 380.  Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the number and description of any regulatory impact assessments that have been undertaken by his Department on legislation or proposed legislation since 9 March 2011; the stage in the legislative/policy development process at which the RIAs have been carried out; the number of RIAs that have been published by his Department over the same period; the manner of publication involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23501/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The information requested by the Deputy is as follows.

Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2011— A Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) was prepared on publication of the Bill and has been published on my Department’s website.

Personal Insolvency Bill— A RIA was prepared on publication of the General Scheme of the Bill. This has not yet been published but will be published on my Department’s website in due course.

Mental Capacity Bill— A RIA is being prepared to accompany the Mental Capacity Bill that is being finalised for publication in this Dáil session.

Legal Services Regulation Bill— A RIA will be published in advance of the Committee Stage of the Bill. On the matter of the Legal Services Regulation Bill, the Deputy may wish to note that although a preliminary RIA had been in preparation for the Bill, because of the prescribed and exceptional time-frame under the EU-IMF-ECB Programme, it did not prove possible to complete it for issue when the Bill was published. The development of that RIA is further advanced and will continue against the backdrop of the amendments to the Bill that are being prepared for the Committee Stage. The RIA will be published in advance of the Committee Stage for timely consideration. The Deputy will be aware that the relevant Guidelines specifically allow for a RIA to follow a Bill in such exceptional circumstances as applied in this instance.

The National Vetting Bureau Bill— A RIA was prepared during preparation of the Bill and was published on my Department’s website.

Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Bill 2012— A RIA was prepared during preparation of the Bill and was published on my Department’s website.

Criminal Justice (Community Service) (Amendment) Act 2011— A RIA was prepared during preparation of the Bill and was published on my Department’s website.

[445]Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012— A RIA was prepared during preparation of the Bill and was published on my Department’s website.

Criminal Justice (Search Powers) Bill 2012— A RIA was prepared during preparation of the General Scheme/Drafting of the Bill but has not yet been published. It is proposed to publish the RIA on my Department’s website in due course.

Criminal Justice Act 2011— A RIA was prepared during preparation of the Bill and was published on my Department’s website.

Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill 2012— A RIA was prepared prior to circulation of the Heads of the Bill to Government but has not yet been published. It is proposed to publish the RIA on my Department’s website in due course.

Recent Judgement of the Court of Justice of the EU— A RIA was prepared during drafting of the Heads of the Bill and will be published on my Department’s website. The Deputy may wish to note that this RIA concerns legislation to give effect to a recent judgement of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) which prohibits gender differentiation in insurance, with effect from 21 December, 2012. The RIA concerns the legislation rather than the policy options, as, following the ECJ decision, there are no other policy options open.


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