Dáil Éireann - Volume 686 - 30 June, 2009
Written Answers. - Farm Inspections.
Deputy Brian Hayes Deputy Brian Hayes
Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if discussions between himself and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  have concluded with regard to inspection arrangements for the Nitrates Directive Regulations recently published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26003/09]
Deputy Brendan Smith Deputy Brendan Smith
Deputy Brendan Smith: Inspections to meet the requirements of the Nitrates Regulations are undertaken by my Department. The Department’s inspectors currently undertake all on-farm cross-compliance inspections, including checks for compliance with the Nitrates Regulations and have considerable expertise in this area.
On-farm inspections are also required under the EU Water Framework Directive which is the responsibility of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
In my statement on 24 April 2009, I indicated my objective to ensure that the duplication of on-farm inspections is avoided for practical reasons, to minimise costs and to simplify the inspection arrangements from the farmer’s perspective. Discussions are ongoing between officials of my Department and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government with a view to finalising, as soon as possible, the necessary arrangements in relation to on-farm inspections.
Dáil Éireann 686 Written Answers. Farm Inspections.