Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (93)

Billy Timmins

Question:

94 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of supervisory agricultural officers in the potato group who were upgraded to district superintendent, in regard to the restructuring agreement 1/97 for agricultural officer grades, under clause 2(3)A of the Programme for Competitiveness and Work; the headquarters of the upgraded officers; the number of supervisory agricultural officers in the seed production group who were upgraded to district superintendent; the headquarters of the upgraded officers; the number of upgraded officers in both groups who subsequently transferred to other duties in his Department; the number of upgraded officers in both groups who were eligible to transfer to other duties in his Department; the number of officers in the potato group who had less than two years’ experience at supervisory agricultural officer level before being upgraded; if supervisory agricultural officers outside groups (details supplied) were upgraded to district superintendent level under the agreement; the number of supervisory agricultural officers on seed production who retired between 1 September 1996 and 1 May 1998; the number of supervisory agricultural officers on potato duties who retired between 1 September 1996 and 1 May 1998; and if an audit was conducted by an independent source on the implementation of the provisions of clause 2 (iii) A of the 1/97 agreement for agricultural officer grades within his Department. [8169/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

The information requested by the Deputy is set out below. The number of supervisory agricultural officers in the potato group who were upgraded under 1/97 was eight. The headquarters of these officers were: Donegal, five officers; Galway, one officer; Carlow, one officer; and Meath, one officer. The number of supervisory agricultural officers in the seed production group who were upgraded under 1/97 was five. The headquarters of these officers were: Meath, one officer; Wexford, one officer; Cork, one officer; Waterford, one officer; and Dublin, one officer.

The number of upgraded officers in both groups who subsequently transferred to other duties is three. All the upgraded officers in both groups were eligible to transfer to other duties.

The number of officers in the potato group who had less than two years' service at supervisory agricultural officer level was three. The supervisory agricultural officers in the groups mentioned by the Deputy were upgraded to district superintendent under 1/97. There were no retirements at supervisory agricultural officer level in the potato group during the period 1 September 1996 and 1 May 1998.

The agreement provided for a monitoring group comprising union and management representatives to oversee the implementation of the agreement.