JOINT COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT
WORK PROGRAMME 2005
JOINT COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT
The relevant Orders of Reference for the Joint Committee on Transport are set out in the attached Appendices.
In accordance with Standing Orders of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann, the Joint Committee on Transport hereby presents its work programme for 2005. The Joint Committee will, in a structured manner, review specific major areas of policy falling within the remit of the Minister for Transport. The Committee will then produce a series of reports containing conclusions and recommendations and lay them before the Houses of the Oireachtas. Where necessary, the Committee may also seek submissions from the public and may, from time to time, engage consultants with particular expertise to advise and assist it in its work.
The following are the major policy area that the Joint Committee intends reviewing, or commencing work on, during this period:
1) National Roads Network
•Value for Money & Delivery of Infrastructural Projects;
•Roll out of the National Roads Network;
2) Metro proposal for Dublin
•Consideration of possible methods of financing a metro.
3) Aviation matters
•Restructuring and the future of Irish International & Regional Airports;
•European Single & Open skies;
4) Bus deregulation
•Examination of models of bus-systems in other cities
5) Integration of Transport in Ireland
It should be noted that the issues listed above for inclusion in the Joint Committee’s work programme are not set down in an order of priority. The Joint Committee will decide on individual areas for review in light of its assessment of a particular need during the year. In that context it is also probable that other relevant issues, not included in the work programme, may arise from time to time, which will require urgent attention by the Joint Committee.
Oireachtas Scrutiny of European Business
In addition to the matters outlined above, the Joint Committee will also consider proposals for EU legislation and related policy issues as may be referred to it from time to time by the Sub-Committee on European Scrutiny.
Bodies under the aegis of the Department
•Aer Lingus Group plc
•Aer Rianta cpt
•Coras Iompair Eireann*
•Dublin Transportation Office
•Irish Aviation Authority
•Medical Bureau of Road Safety
•National Roads Authority
•National Safety Council
•Railway Procurement Agency
•Commission for Aviation Regulation
*Under the Transport (Re-Organisation of Córas Iompair Éireann) Act 1986, 3 Companies namely (1) Íarnród Éireann — Irish Rail; (2) Bus Éireann — Irish Bus; (3) Bus Átha Cliath — Dublin Bus, must provide audited accounts and reports to the Board of Córas Iompair Éireann (CIE). The Board, in turn must provide these accounts to the Minister. The Minister then causes a copy to be laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas.
The Joint Committee will consider the Strategy Statement and the S.M.I. documents relating to the Department of Transport in detail during the year and report annually on progress made by the Department.
It is likely that issues will arise during 2005, which will require the Committee to attend international conferences and/or inform itself, as part of the input to issues under review etc.
Under Paragraph (1) of its Orders of Reference (Dáil Éireann), the Select Committee will consider such—
(ii) Estimates, and
(iii) Proposals contained in any motion within the meaning of Standing Order 157 concerning the approval by the Dáil of International agreements involving a charge on public funds as shall be referred to it by Dáil Éireann from time to time.