Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
346. Deputy Charlie O’Connor asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the consultations he is having with interested parties in respect of the proposed residential tenancies (amendment) Bill; when he expects work on the Bill to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41464/10]
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment; Heritage and Local Government (Deputy Michael Finneran): In April 2009 my Department commenced a review of the provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, under which the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) operates. The purpose of this review was to consider whether the Act best supported the PRTB’s key functions and whether legislative amendments would support either the achievement of additional operational efficiencies by the PRTB in the delivery of those functions or the broader good working of the private rented sector. A public consultation process was carried out between 29 May 2009 and 10 July 2009.
Arising out of this, I announced the preliminary outcomes of the review in November 2009; they include recommendations in a number of key areas, and have an overall emphasis on streamlining and simplifying the Act and reducing delays.
It is my intention that the General Scheme of the Bill setting out the detailed proposals arising in the context of the review will be submitted to Government before the end of this year. Publication of the Bill thereafter will depend on the time subsequently required for drafting by the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel.
347. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government when the climate change Bill will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41475/10]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 445, 448, 459 to 461, inclusive, and 463 of 12 October 2010, which outlines the position in regard to the preparation of the Heads of the Climate Change Bill.
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