Written Answers. - Headage Cheques.

40.

asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the percentage of the 1988 headage cheques for (1) Sligo (2) Leitrim and (3) the whole country which were sent out, as distinct from dated, from his Department before 25 December 1988.

The following is the information requested:—

Cheques Printed

Cheques Posted

Percentage Posted

%

Sheep Headage Scheme

Sligo

1,200

1,200

100

Leitrim

614

614

100

Whole Country

23,750

23,750

100

Ewe Premium Scheme

(i) 1987 Scheme

Sligo

1,524

1,524

100

Leitrim

747

747

100

Whole Country

42,951

42,951

100

(ii) 1988 Scheme — Advance Payment

Payments under this scheme did not commence until 30 December 1988.

Cattle and Equine Headage Scheme

Sligo

3,246

Nil

Leitrim

2,271

Nil

Whole Country

44,267

11,951

27

Suckler Cow Scheme

Sligo

764

764

100

Leitrim

1,421

832

59

Whole Country

29,312

19,361

66

Special Beef Premium Scheme

Sligo

1,375

1,326

96

Leitrim

880

779

89

Whole Country

40,078

35,590

89

Calf Premium Scheme — Calves born 1 January-15 June 1988

There were no payments made under this scheme in 1988. Payments did not commence until 16 January 1989.