Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Questions (82, 83)

Clare Daly

Question:

82. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the internal review of the Air Navigation (Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders 1973 and 1989 has been completed; and if so, when it will be published. [6352/19]

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Clare Daly

Question:

83. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he is satisfied with the arrangements regarding the transit of weapons, troops and munitions on civilian aircraft. [6353/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 and 83 together.

My Department is responsible for the carriage of munitions of war on Irish registered civil aircraft and on civil aircraft transiting through Irish sovereign airspace, in accordance with the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons of War and Dangerous Goods) Orders, 1973 and 1989.

The provisions of the order and the associated administrative arrangements have been largely effective over many years. The potential to improve all processing systems naturally exists, and this is the primary purpose of the internal review.

The internal review, which is examining the above orders from both an administrative and legislative perspective, is currently being finalised in consultation with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. I understand the draft report includes a number of recommendations designed to deliver a more efficient and effective processing system, with a view to reducing the administrative burden on the Department.