Written Answers. - Ministerial Orders.

Enda Kenny

Ceist:

243 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he intends to amend the Explosives (Ammonium Nitrate and Sodium Chlorate) Order 1972 (details supplied) to bring it into line with the corresponding legislation in Northern Ireland; his views on whether the ammonium nitrate in blends can easily be segregated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19153/03]

Blended fertilisers were tested by the State Laboratory to establish if the ammonium nitrate prills, granules, in them could easily be segregated. The results indicated that such a segregation does not appear possible. Consequently it is not considered necessary to amend the Explosives (Ammonium Nitrate and Sodium Chlorate) Order, 1972 to bring it into line with the legislation in Northern Ireland.

Enda Kenny

Ceist:

244 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the reason the Government allowed the importation of 100,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate blended fertilisers; if such importation was in compliance with S.I. No. 191 of 1972; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19171/03]

Ammonium nitrate blended fertilisers containing more than 79% by weight of ammonium nitrate are deemed to be an explosive in accordance with S.I. No. 191 of 1972 – the Explosives (Ammonium Nitrate and Sodium Chlorate) Order, 1972 – and consequently may not be imported into the State without an importation licence issued under the Explosives Act 1875. Importations containing less than 79% by weight of ammonium nitrate do not require such a licence. There is no evidence to suggest the importations in question fall within the remit of S.I. No. 191 of 1972.