PAC to focus on Department of Agriculture accounts

The Public Accounts Committee will focus on the accounts of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine at its meeting tomorrow, Thursday, 16 February 2017..

The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting is:

(i) Business of the Committee; and
(ii) Appropriation Accounts 2015
Vote 30 : Agriculture, Food and the Marine
C&AG Report 2015
Chapter 7 : EU Refunds and Levies in the Agriculture Sector
[Representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine]

Committee Chairman Seán Fleming said: “Tomorrow we will discuss the 2015 appropriation accounts for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Chapter 7 of the Comptroller & Auditor General’s report on EU refunds and levies in the agriculture sector.

“Chapter 7 examines two payments by the Department to the EU in 2015. The first is a refund of €68 million to the EU for non-compliance with the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development scheme regulations. The second issue is a payment to the EU of €71 million in 2015 as a result of Irish milk production exceeding the national milk quota. The recovery of those funds from milk producers is also dealt with.

“In relation to the appropriation accounts, total gross expenditure amounted to €1.3 billion in 2015. In addition to this voted expenditure, EU expenditure totalling just over €1 billion was channelled through the Department in 2015. The bulk of this expenditure was accounted for by the Single Farm Payment. Among the issues we may wish to examine are instances of non-compliance with national procurement rules, cases of payroll overpayments and overpayments in relation to the Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS).”

This meeting will take place in Committee room 3 at 9am on Thursday, 16 February 2017. Committee proceedings can be viewed live here.

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Committee Membership:

Bobby Aylward        Fianna Fáil
Peter Burke        Fine Gael
Shane Cassells        Fianna Fáil
Catherine Connolly    Independent
David Cullinane        Sinn Féin
Alan Farrell        Fine Gael
Séan Fleming        Fianna Fáil
Alan Kelly        Labour
Marc MacSharry        Fianna Fáil
Josepha Madigan    Fine Gael
Mary Lou McDonald    Sinn Féin
Noel Rock        Fine Gael
Catherine Murphy    Social Democrats-Green Party Group