Thursday, 6 October 2005
Dáil Éireann Debate
194. Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if arrangements will be made for payments of grants under the 2004 EU special beef premium scheme which are outstanding to a person (details supplied) in County Waterford. [27192/05]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): An application under the 2004 special beef premium scheme in respect of 24 animals was received from the person in question on 30 December 2004. Following computer validation of the application, it was found that 11 of the animals concerned were non-CMMS compliant. The animals were not registered on the CMMS database as being in the herd of the person named on the date of application for the premium. This is a basic requirement of the scheme and EU regulations provide that penalties should apply in such instances. Permission to move the animals was granted to the person in question on 16 December 2004 and the completed movement notification was returned on 8 March 2005. The Department of Agriculture and Food had notified the person in question, by letter dated 23 February 2005, that the animals were non-CMMS compliant. In appealing the decision to reject the animals, the person maintained that the movement notification had been forwarded prior to the application under the scheme being submitted. There is no evidence of this, however. The only record in the Department is the receipt of the movement notification of 8 March 2005. Therefore, the Department has no alternative but to apply the proposed penalty. It is open to the person in question to appeal the decision to the agriculture appeals office if she wishes to do so.
195. Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason her Department is refusing to transfer the entitlements of a person (details supplied) even though the herd number has been transferred for over 12 months. [27208/05]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): An application for the transfer of single payment entitlements by means of inheritance was submitted in this case to the Department of Agriculture and Food in December 2004. It was found that evidence of transfer of ownership had not been received with the application, however. The Department issued a letter on 14 February 2005 requesting the required documentation. Reminders were issued on 14 April 2005 and 4 October 2005, but the documentation does not appear to have been submitted. The application for inheritance cannot be processed by the Department until the requested documentation has been submitted.
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