Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (484)

James Browne

Ceist:

484. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the agencies or organisations under the remit of his Department; the number that have boards; the number of positions on each board; the number of vacant positions; and the agencies or organisations that have boards whose members have an obligation to appear before committees of the Houses of the Oireachtas. [51487/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the attached table.

Name of Board

Number on the Board

Number of Vacancies

Bord na gCon

7

1

Irish National Stud

7

None

Horse Racing Ireland

14

None

National Milk Agency

Part -Time Chairman and 13 Ordinary Board Members

None

Bord Bia

15

1

Coillte

9

2

Teagasc

11

None

Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board - ALAB

7

1

Bord Iascaigh Mhara - BIM

6

1

Marine Institute - MI

9

None

Sea Fisheries Protection Authority - SFPA

3

1

Veterinary Council of Ireland

19

None

Accountability to Dail Committees: The Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies states that Persons being proposed by Ministers for appointment as Chairpersons of State bodies are required to make themselves available to the appropriate Oireachtas Committee to discuss the approach they will take to their role as Chairperson and their views about the future contribution of the body or Board.

The governing legislation establishing most public bodies makes the CEO of the body accountable to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Oireachtas. This is on the basis that the financial statements of the State body are audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General and laid before the Oireachtas in accordance with the State body’s governing legislation.