Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Tuesday, 16 December 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 485 No. 2

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  131.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when an appeal for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be finalised. [22591/97]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe 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 [420] be concluded shortly. The herdowner will be notified of the outcome.

  132.  Mr. Yates  Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   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): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe 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.

  133.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be paid her 1997 headage and premia grants. [22590/97]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named was paid her 60 per cent advance of £1,262.07 on 5 December 1997 under the 1997 suckler cow premium scheme.

The person named will be paid her entitlement under the 1997 cattle headage scheme before Christmas.

  134.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be paid his 1997 headage and premia grants. [22593/97]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe 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.

  135.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be paid his 1997 headage and premia grants. [22594/97]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named will be paid his 1997 cattle headage grants and a 60 per cent advance [421] payment of his 1997 suckler cow premium grants before Christmas.

  136.  Mr. Neville  Information on Dan Neville  Zoom on Dan Neville   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   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): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe 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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