Thursday, 1 February 2018

Questions (252)

Clare Daly


252. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 132 of 24 January 2018, if his attention has been drawn to the fact parts of the 2016 inspection reports have not been fully complied with including many answers left blank, an absence of signatures and details of identification of businesses; his views on whether this conforms to rigorous controls; if his Department has pursued the completion of these incomplete inspection reports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5220/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I presume that the Deputy is referring to information released on foot of a Freedom of Information request processed in 2017.

In that request an individual sought all inspection reports for fur farms in 2016. My Department is required to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and in that regard certain information, in this case the business name and address the subject of the inspection, was redacted under Section 32 and Section 37 of the Act.

 The questions referred to by the Deputy were not applicable at the time the inspection was being carried out i.e. the questions referred to the period in which slaughter is carried out. I understand that the reports referred to were loaded and signed off electronically on my Department's Farm Inspections Database.(AFIT).