Written answers

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Department of Agriculture and Food

Departmental Agencies

12:00 pm

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin North Central, Fine Gael)
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Question 298: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of new agencies created since 1997 to date in 2008; the budget for each in all of those years; and the number of staff employed. [34417/08]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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In the period referenced by the Deputy, one Agency, the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), was established on 1 January 2007 and came under the aegis of this Department in June 2007.

It is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of National and EU Regulations on Sea Fisheries Protection and Seafood Safety.

The budget in 2007 for the SFPA was €10.95 million with an allocation of €14.07 million in respect of 2008. The total staff number of the SFPA is 107.

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