Written answers

Tuesday, 4 April 2006

Department of Agriculture and Food

Departmental Staff

9:00 pm

Photo of Olwyn EnrightOlwyn Enright (Laois-Offaly, Fine Gael)
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Question 391: To ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of people employed in the section of her Department that deals with the issuing of consents to subdivision of land-holdings; the costs of running this division per annum; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13193/06]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Minister, Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs; Minister, Department of Agriculture and Food; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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Consent to subdivision of land holdings is no longer necessary since the commencement on 4 November 2005 of section 12 of the Land Act 2005. Prior to that date, five clerical staff members dealt with general subdivision consents, along with other administrative duties. For more difficult applications, additional staff would be allocated to assist from time to time. As the processing of such applications formed part of the general duties for staff involved, it is not possible to accurately determine the costs associated with this function.

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