Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Parliamentary Question No. 225 on Tuesday, 12th July, 2011

* To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when the next report of the High Level Group on Business Regulation is to be published; if he will outline the suggestions made by this group that have been implemented to date; if he will outline the savings to business that have been achieved by these suggestions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Seán Kyne.



The High Level Group on Business Regulation was set up in 2007 to provide a fast-track mechanism for business to communicate specific, concrete red tape issues to Government and follow through on their implementation.

The Group works to identify the administrative burdens placed on businesses arising from regulation and to determine ways to reduce and simplify these burdens or eliminate them where they are unnecessary.  The Group focuses mainly on the burdens on small and medium sized enterprises.   

To date the Group has processed forty eight red tape issues brought to its attention by business, and is continuing to seek practical solutions to a  further twenty issues.    Details of these 48 items at set out in Appendix A. 

In addition to this work, the High Level Group was involved in validating the administrative burdens identified with my Department in 2009 and 2010 as part of the target to reduce administrative burdens by 25% by 2012. 

My Department has already reduced measured burdens by 22% (or 90% of the target to be achieved), an annual saving of almost €187 million for business.  (Details attached at Appendix B.)  I expect that I will be in a position to announce the initiatives that will make up the remaining 3% before the end of the year.  Some of these reductions are as yet potential savings. Making them real savings requires businesses to adopt these newer, more simplified approaches that have been made available. All firms are encouraged to ensure that they gain the full benefit of this work by reading the guidelines provided, and adopting the low cost options.

There is no requirement for the High Level Group on Business Regulation to publish annual reports, although two reports have been published since 2007.  In the future updates on the work of the High Level Group will be published via the Department’s website.