Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Department of Agriculture, Marine and Food
Question 435: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will confirm that commonage lands (details supplied) were inspected by offices of his Department in 2010; the number of days same staff members spent doing these inspections; the person who directed staff from his Department to carry out these inspections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21202/11]
Question 436: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will confirm the results of a commonage inspection (details supplied) carried out by Department officials and other reports were sought under a freedom of information request; the reason the reports prepared by the officers were not released under the initial freedom of information request; the person who instructed they not be released; the reason and the disciplinary action he will take; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21203/11]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 435 and 436 together.
The matter referred to is under active investigation by my Department and therefore I am not in a position to provide the information requested at this juncture. I will arrange for a reply to issue to the Deputy as soon as the investigation is completed which I expect will be in September.