Chun an Aire Comhshaoil, Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil:
To the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government:
To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if the necessary legislative changes will be introduced in order to empower the Standards in Public Office Commission to compel organisations to co-operate with it when said organisations, such as those involved in the abortion debate which are so obviously engaging in political lobbying, are third parties as set out under the Electoral Acts..
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. P. Hogan)
The Government legislation programme includes a commitment to bring forward an Electoral (Amendment) (Referendum Spending and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill. That Bill will provide, inter alia, for the disclosure of expenditure and donations at a referendum campaign. In the preparation of this legislation consideration will be given to other recommendations for changes to the Electoral Act 1997 including any relating to third parties.