Dáil Éireann - Volume 509 - 20 October, 1999

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

103. Cecilia Keaveney asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development his views on the adequacy of regional staff numbers to deal with the increasing number of schemes to be administered and inspected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20905/99]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (Mr. Walsh): My Department operates within the Government policy on civil service numbers. The growth in the number of participants in the various schemes has placed an increasing workload on staff and has resulted in processing delays in some cases. My Department keeps its procedures and its deployment of staff constantly under review with the aim of ensuring the best possible service to farmers and other clients.