Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Thursday, 29 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 462 No. 4

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  18.  Mr. M. Brennan  Information on Matt Brennan  Zoom on Matt Brennan   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates   if the final phase of the 1995 ewe premium has been paid; the number of farmers it has been paid to; and the number still awaiting payment. [4674/96]

  19.  Mr. M. Brennan  Information on Matt Brennan  Zoom on Matt Brennan   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates   when the extension of the rural world premium will be paid. [4673/96]

  95.  Mr. Ellis  Information on John Ellis  Zoom on John Ellis   asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry  Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates   when the EU package, agreed in December 1995, will be given to sheep farmers; and the progress, if any, on the payment of the final phase of the ewe premium. [4770/96]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry (Mr. Yates): Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates  I propose to take Questions Nos. 18, 19 and 95 together.

Payment of the final phase of the 1995 ewe premium commenced on 7 February last and virtually all payments, with the exception of some problem cases, are now completed. Total number of applicants was 49,144 producers of which 47,247 have been paid in full.

The payment of a special level of support to Irish sheep producers in the non-disadvantaged areas, agreed at the December 1995 meeting of EU agriculture Ministers, requires the preparation of specific legislation by the EU Commission. I understand that work on the necessary regulation is in progress and I have been assured by the Commission that it will be presented as [1067] quickly as possible. Payment of the supports will be made once this procedure which includes the approval of the European Parliament has been completed.


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