Thursday, 24 January 2019

Ceisteanna (228, 229)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

228. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if changes are planned to primary legislation under the remit of his Department to form a part of a Bill (details supplied). [3699/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

229. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if emergency legislation has been drawn up in the event of a no-deal Brexit; the number of pieces of primary legislation this includes; and if he will provide a list of same. [3700/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 228 and 229 together.

My Department has no input in the Miscellaneous Provisions (Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 29 March 2019) Bill as, based on current considerations, there is no requirement to alter primary legislation under my Departments remit for Brexit at this time.

We will, however, be amending Statutory Instruments setting the time limits for pre-notification for imports to arrive in the State for the purposes of carrying out of documentary, identity and physical checks on imports of animals, plants, and products of animal and plant origin, as set out in EU legislation and will also have a separate Statutory Instrument dealing with movements of pets including movement from the UK post Brexit.

Throughout this work, the focus of the Department will continue to be on the need to discharge its legal responsibilities while ensuring the minimum possible disruption to trade.