Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (25)

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

19 Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the progress of the investigation being held by his Department into the circumstances in which a commercial company (details supplied) obtained access to a confidential paper on emissions trading commissioned by his Department; if the Garda has been asked to investigate the incident; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7147/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

I refer to the reply to Question No. 168 of 3 February 2004. The Departments concerned and the consultants involved have indicated that the report in question was not released in draft to any commercial company. While any such possession was unauthorised, the final report required to underpin the Government's decision on the allocation of emission allowances has now been published following the Government determination in this regard. A copy is in the Oireachtas Library. In the circumstances, my Department will not be pursuing the matter any further at this stage.