Thursday, 12 November 2020

Questions (310)

Matt Carthy

Question:

310. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Minister for Justice if her Department or an agency operating under her Department has encountered expenditure in respect of hand sanitisation products or other PPE products that were subsequently subject to a recall by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in 2020; if so, the expenditure in respect of such products; if the expenditures will be recouped from the sellers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36008/20]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I wish to inform the Deputy that my Department has not encountered expenditure in respect of hand sanitisation products or other PPE products that were subsequently subject to a recall by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine this year.

Of the agencies operating under the remit of my Department, I can confirm that one agency, the Probation Service, did encounter expenditure this year in respect of hand sanitisation products or other PPE products that were subsequently subject to a recall by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. I am informed by my officials in the Probation Service that the expenditure was related to the Community Service Supervisors work on sites across the country. I understand that costs in Dublin were in the amount of €2,128.53 excluding VAT and that the supplier has agreed to swap out these products. In relation to Community Service nationwide, I am informed that it is expected that costs will be minimal overall and that products are being replaced by the supplier.