Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ceisteanna (957, 959, 962)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

957. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will issue a tender for software to facilitate each farmer receiving the digitised image of each animal further to comments by Minister Doyle during the second Topical Issue matter of 6 March 2019 and in view of the fact that his Department has direct access to the digitised image of each carcase that goes through a mechanical grading machine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12776/19]

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Denis Naughten

Ceist:

959. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the length of time his Department holds the digitised image of each carcase that goes through a mechanical grading machine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12778/19]

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Denis Naughten

Ceist:

962. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 239 of 6 March 2019, the reason his Department is now refusing access to the data in view of comments (details supplied) to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture and Food on the introduction of mechanical grading; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12769/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 957, 959 and 962 together.

The mechanical grading machines are the property of each individual meat plant and the images generated by these machines are therefore retained on the factory's own computer system. My Department does not own or hold these images and therefore is not in a position to grant or refuse access to them.

Question No. 958 answered with Question No. 951.
Question No. 959 answered with Question No. 957.
Questions Nos. 960 and 961 answered with Question No. 951.
Question No. 962 answered with Question No. 957.