Tuesday, 16 December 1997
Dáil Éireann Debate
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): The herdowner has lodged an appeal with the headage and premia appeals unit concerning his 1997 cattle headage application. Appeals are dealt with in the order in which they are received and it is expected that his case will  be concluded shortly. The herdowner will be notified of the outcome.
132. Mr. Yates asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if an overpayment for a person (details supplied) in County Wexford will be set aside in view of the fact that the beef premium, while being paid on females, was not actually paid in the form of suckler cow for the same animals; and if this will be equalised in order that no further deductions would be made from him. [22592/97]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): The person named applied for suckler cow premium on 16 cows in May 1996. Following computer cross-checking of tagnumbers it was discovered that 11 of these animals were included in the special beef premium application of the person named submitted in November 1993. A further three animals from the same herd were also applied on for special beef premium and these subsequently appeared in other herds and were confirmed as being suckler cows. Therefore as the 14 animals in question are females and the special beef premium is confined to male animals only, the overpayments made under the special beef premium scheme will have to be recouped. This will be done directly from the person named or from other payments which fall to be made to him under Department livestock schemes.
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): The following payments have now issued to the person named: £883.33 in respect of 1997 sheep headage application; £810.60 in respect of 1997 cattle headage application; and £588.96 in respect of 1997 suckler cow application.
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): The person named will be paid his 1997 cattle headage grants and a 60 per cent advance  payment of his 1997 suckler cow premium grants before Christmas.
136. Mr. Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the current position regarding the provision of a quota for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick who has filled his milk quota and has been restricted since the end of March 1997 from selling animals due to disease problems; if he will make a statement on the matter in view of the severe difficulties this person is in and he was obliged to milk 12 heifers which he had tested to sell at the time of the outbreak of disease. [22622/97]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): An application for a temporary allocation of milk quota under the animal disease “flexi milk” allocations 1997-98 has been submitted to the milk quota appeals tribunal by the person named. The application will be considered by the tribunal following receipt of a response to the queries on this case raised by my Department.
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