727. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the oversight of his Department of directives, circulars, advice or requirements issued since 2016; if surveys have been carried out of compliance with these communications to date; if so, the surveys carried out; the results of the surveys; the compliance rate; the actions taken by his Department further to these results; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31317/19] View answer
The information requested by the Deputy is being compiled and will be sent out to him directly as soon as possible.
The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
This Department does not publish circulars on website www.circulars.gov.ie. In addition to their statutory responsibilities, both this Department and those bodies under its aegis are subject to normal Civil and Public Service Governance practices and procedures across all areas of operations including Corporate Governance, Finance, Human Resources, and Procurement and are also subject to audit by the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General.
As such, it is standard practice that directives, circulars, advice or requirements issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, or where relevant by other Government Departments or Agencies in relation to matters under their remit, are brought to the attention of Department staff and the management of bodies under the remit of the Department. The Department also develops and issues internal guidance, if required, to management and staff to assist in achieving compliance with operating policies.
Compliance with Civil and Public Service policies and procedures, including internal Department policies, is subject to ongoing and periodic monitoring and review by line management and the Department's Internal Audit Unit in keeping with the Corporate Governance Framework. This Department continues to engage with the management of the bodies under its aegis to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.