282. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 486 of 17 December 2020, the progress to date in preparing legislation relevant to community-based CCTV; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17811/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): I can inform the Deputy that my officials are currently finalising the draft General Scheme of the Garda Síochána (Digital Recording) Bill, which I intend to bring to Cabinet for approval in the coming weeks. The General Scheme will be published on the Department of Justice website shortly thereafter. When enacted, this legislation will replace Section 38 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.