Wednesday, 29 November 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
211. Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if she will take steps to ensure that a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath has their disadvantaged and single farm payment for 2006 paid to them without further delay; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40780/06]
Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mary Coughlan): The person named is not the registered herdowner in this case. The registered herdowner applied in her own name for the 2006 Single Payment Scheme and Disadvantaged Areas Scheme in May 2006. However an application was submitted to my Department and processed on 11th October 2005 to transfer the herdnumber to the joint names of the existing herdowner and the person named. Subsequently a further application was submitted and processed on 12th October 2006 to transfer the herdnumber back to the original herdowner only. The herdnumber is now registered in the sole name of the other person. The position is that no application was ever submitted to transfer the Single Payment entitlements to the person named or to the joint names.
The applications to transfer the herdnumber have resulted in inconsistencies between the records of registered herdowner and the registered owner of the Single Payment entitlements in this case which has resulted in a delay to the processing of the 2006 Single Payment and Disadvantaged Areas payments. The issue is currently being resolved and payment will issue to the registered herdowner shortly.
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