Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (317)

Pat Carey

Ceist:

446 Mr. Carey asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he has received a recommendation from the Garda Commissioner regarding the incorporation for use into Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform closed circuit television camera schemes of cameras funded by other State bodies or by business groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2938/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that offers to fund cameras for incorporation into Garda CCTV systems have been received from a number of State bodies and businesses. These offers have been considered by the CCTV advisory committee. This committee was established by the Garda Commissioner to advise on all matters relating to CCTV systems. The committee obtained advice from the Attorney General on certain legal issues arising from these offers. These included the acceptance of responsibility for and duty of care arising from the incorporation of third party cameras into Garda CCTV systems.

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the use of privately funded CCTV cameras as part of the Garda system has been considered by the CCTV advisory committee and I understand that its recommendations will be submitted shortly to the Commissioner. Upon receipt of the Commissioner's views, I expect to be in a position to decide on this matter.