212. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if all agencies under his aegis have an up to date tax clearance certificate; the agencies which do not have an up to date tax clearance certificate; the reason they do not have a tax clearance certificate in each case, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30279/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Departmental Agencies Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I have requested the State Bodies under the aegis of my Department to respond directly to the Deputy, on the specific information requested, as this is an operational matter for the organisations themselves.
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175. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of any payments made by his Department, its agencies or any bodies under his aegis,to any broadcasters here in the years 2014 to 2016, inclusive; the broadcaster to which the funds were provided; the reason for the payments; and if there are any reasons for payments to broadcasters in 2017. (Question 14716/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Payments made by my Department during the period 2014 to 2016 to National TV and Radio broadcasters are outlined in the following table. These payments typically involve advertising Department schemes and services. The payments were made via MediaVest Ltd. who currently hold the central Government contract for the provision of the majority of our advertising needs. There were no payments to these organisations in the years ...

246. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when an agency (details supplied) will publish its annual report for 2015; the reason the report has not been produced to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39018/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - Bord na gCon)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Bord na gCon is a commercial State body, established in 1958, under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958, chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.
Bord na gCon has informed me that the 2015 annual report was passed by the Board on 6 December 2016 and anticipates that same will be forwarded to my office within the coming week.
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247. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines relating to such investment; if his Department intends to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39024/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department does not have any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, in tobacco companies.
As regards future policy I have no plans for any investments, directly or indirectly, in tobacco companies.
In relation to the twelve State Bodies under the aegis of my Department, as the information requested is an operational matter for the Bodies themselves they have been requested to f...

699. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the figures for his Department on the percentage of working days lost to sickness absence through certified leave and uncertified leave in each year from 2011 to 2015 inclusive. (Question 23405/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Departmental Staff Sick Leave)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In response to the Deputy’s question, I have detailed below the information requested, in tabular form, in relation to the percentage of working days lost to sickness in each year from 2011 to 2015 inclusive: 
 Year % of working time lost to sick leave (both certified and self-certified) 2011 3.76% (3.50% certified, 0.26% self certified) 2012 3.50% (3.28% certified, 0.22% self certified) 2013 3.84% (3.65% ...

750. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of miles claimed for and the amount of travel expenses paid to him and to each Minister of State in his Department in respect of their functions as a Minister in his Department between 1 January 2016 and 10 March 2016; between 11 March 2016 and 6 May 2016; and since 7 May 2016. (Question 24290/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Ministerial Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The information requested by the deputy is set out in the attached table. The kilometres and other travel expenses were claimed and paid in accordance with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regulations. 
 Time Period Minister /Minister of State Kilometres claimed Kilometre costs paid Other domestic expenses paid Foreign travel expenses paid 01/01 / 2016 to 10 /03/2016 Minister - Simon C...

751. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to provide the name, position and annual salary awarded to their special advisers; to provide details for requests, if any, for an increase above the special advisers’ pay cap as set by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24307/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Ministerial Advisers Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In response to the Deputy’s question, political staff appointments are in progress and decisions regarding these appointments are imminent.
In accordance with the Ethics legislation, Ethics in Public Office Act 1995 and the Standards in Public Office Act 2001, information relating to staff appointed by me will be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas upon their appointment.
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