Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (143)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

143. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will lay before the Houses of the Oireachtas the latest report and accounts for the Environmental Protection Agency. [21647/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Under section 50 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must submit its accounts annually to the Comptroller and Auditor General for audit and the audited accounts must then be presented to the Minister to be laid before each House of the Oireachtas. Section 51 stipulates that a report on the performance of the EPA’s functions during each financial year should be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as may be after the end of that year, but not later than six months thereafter. The most recent Annual Report and Accounts for the EPA, relating to 2011, were laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas on 8 November 2012. The Annual Report & Accounts for 2012 will be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas as soon as they become available, in accordance with Sections 50 and 51 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992.