Government bills: planned legislation


The Government published its first Programme of Legislation yesterday, listing 105 Bills at various stages of preparation. A total of 20 Bills are included on its list of urgent Bills to be published by the end of the Summer Session on July 21st. These are:

Veterinary Practice (Amendment) Bill:Regulating procedures carried out on animals.

Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill:To provide a legal framework in primary legislation for the placing of energy efficiency obligations on energy suppliers and distributors

Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Bill:To provide for the exercise by the Minister of certain functions relating to the Dormant Accounts Fund

Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Bill:To replace the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999 in order to amalgamate the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council and the Further Education and Training Awards Council

Patents (Amendment) Bill:To allow for the ratification of the London Agreement on the Application of Article 65 of the European Patent Convention

Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Bill:To amend the electoral acts to implement political funding commitments

Electoral Commission Bill:To establish a new Electoral Commission.

Local Government Services Corporate Bodies (Amendment) Bill:To remove any legal doubt as to the constitutionality of any new body established under the 1971 Act and to facilitate the re-organisation, merger or abolition of certain State agencies

Betting (Amendment) Bill:To bring remote betting (including betting exchanges) within the existing regulatory framework

Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Bill:To provide for the enhancement of financial regulation

Finance (No 2) Bill:To give legislative form to the taxation measures envisaged in the Jobs Fund as stated in the Programme for National Recovery

Fiscal Responsibility Bill:To provide a statutory basis for a range of fiscal policy and expenditure management reforms

Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill:To provide for the establishment of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme) Bill:To provide a new single pension scheme for new entrants to the public service

Courts (Enforcement of Maintenance and Appointment of Taxing Master) Bill:To provide for better enforcement of maintenance and the qualifications for appointment of a Taxing Master

Criminal Justice Bill:To strengthen Garda investigative powers in to white collar crime

European Arrest Warrant (Extension) and Extradition (Amendment) Bill:To give effect to the terms of the Report of the Extradition Law Review Group

Spent Convictions Bill:To allow details of certain convictions be withheld

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill:To provide for change to the Social Welfare Code required under the IMF/EU MoU, to make outstanding Budget 2011 changes to PRSI and to make changes to the Pensions Act 1990

National Tourism Development Authority (Amendment) Bill:Toincrease the aggregate level of moneys provided by the Oireachtas in relation to expenditure on capital projects

Bills in respect of which heads have been agreed and texts are being drafted

Animal Health and Welfare Bill

Forestry Bill

Geothermal Energy Development Bill

Minerals Development Bill

Defence (Amendment) (Discipline) Bill

Companies Consolidation and Reform Bill

Environmental Liability Bill

Monuments Bill

Noise Nuisance Bill

Customs Bill

Health Information Bill

Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

Criminal Justice (Cybercrime) Bill

Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and

DNA Database System) Bill

Criminal Justice (Legal Aid) Bill

Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Bill

Explosives Bill

Judicial Council Bill

Mental Capacity Bill

Sale of Alcohol Bill

Bills in respect of which heads have yet to be approved by Government

Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction

(Amendment) Bill

Heritage Fund (Amendment) Bill

Irish Film Board (Amendment) Bill

Broadcasting (Implementation of Financial Provisions) Bill

Common Arrangements for Gas Bill

Electricity (Transmission Assets) Bill

Gas Storage Bill

Inland Fisheries (Consolidation) Bill

Gaeltacht Bill

Defence (Amendment) Bill

Education (Amendment) Bill

Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Bill

Collective Investment Schemes Consolidation Bill

Consumer and Competition Bill

Control of Exports (Amendment) Bill

Industrial and Provident Societies and Friendly Societies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) Amendment Bill

Trade Marks (Amendment) Bill

Climate Change Bill

Electoral (Amendment) (Constituency Commission) Bill

Planning and Development (Foreshores) Bill

Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill

Water Services (Amendment) Bill

Central Bank (Consolidation) Bill

Financial Services (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill

Children (Establishment of Child Welfare and Protection Agency) Bill

Children First Bill

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

Health and Social Care Professionals (Amendment) Bill

Health Insurance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

Human Tissue Bill

Licensing of Healthcare Facilities Bill

Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill

Mental Health (Amendment) Bill

National Vetting Bureau Bill

Pricing and Supply of Medicines Bill

Public Health (Alcohol Labelling Provisions) Bill

Public Health (Sunbeds) Bill

Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Bill

Bail Bill

Courts (Consolidation and Reform) Bill

Criminal Justice (Fines Act 2010) (Amendment) Bill

Criminal Justice (Proceeds of Crime) Bill

Criminal Justice Corruption (Consolidation) Bill

Criminal Justice Europol (Amendment) Bill

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill

Family Law Bill

Landlord and Tenant Bill

Legal Services Bill

Mediation and Conciliation Bill

Official Secrets Act (Amendment) Bill

Personal Insolvency Bill

Probation Service Bill

Trusts Bill

UN Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) Bill

Whistleblowers Bill

Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill

Clamping Regulation Bill

Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill

Merchant Shipping Consolidation Bill

Road Traffic (No. 2) Bill

Road Transport Bill

Transport Infrastructure Ireland Bill