Written answers

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Departmental Staff Training

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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232. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of staff in his Department who availed of study or training leave in 2012; the average duration of such leave; if all staff availing of this leave received full pay and benefits during the time; the number that will do so in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31231/13]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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When staff in my Department attend work-related training courses, they are deemed to be on official business and consequently receive full pay. Staff who participate in the Refund of Academic Fees Scheme are also entitled to paid study leave in respect of academic courses deemed relevant to their Civil Service employment. The following table is a summary of the information the Deputy has requested in this regard. The figures for the remainder of 2013 are estimates only.

YearNo. of Staff who Availed of Study LeaveAverage Duration of Study LeaveNo. of Staff who Availed of TrainingAverage Duration of Training Leave
2012535.431,8812.82
2013 to date425.671,3421.61
Estimate for remainder of 2013205.55002

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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233. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of staff in organisations or agencies under the aegis of his Department who availed of study or training leave in 2012; the average duration of such leave; if all staff availing of this leave received full pay and benefits during the time; the number that will do so in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31247/13]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Minister, Department of Agriculture, the Marine and Food; Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The issue of study or training leave within the State Bodies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for the bodies themselves.

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