Written Answers. - Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

Tom Enright

Question:

57 Mr. Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of family farms surveyed in Ireland under the recent review of the disadvantaged areas scheme by officials from his Department and other authorised officers on his behalf.

Tom Enright

Question:

58 Mr. Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of family farms surveyed in County Laois under the recent review of the disadvantaged areas scheme by officials from his Department and other authorised officers on his behalf.

Tom Enright

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59 Mr. Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of family farms surveyed in County Offaly under the recent review of the disadvantaged areas scheme by officials from his Department and other authorised officers on his behalf.

Tom Enright

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60 Mr. Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the percentage number of family farms surveyed in County Offaly under the recent review of the disadvantaged areas scheme by officials from his Department and other authorised officers on his behalf.

Tom Enright

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61 Mr. Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the percentage number of family farms surveyed in County Laois under the recent review of the disadvantaged areas scheme by officials from his Department and other authorised officers on his behalf.

Tom Enright

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62 Mr. Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the percentage number of family farms surveyed in Ireland under the recent review of the disadvantaged areas scheme by officials from his Department and other authorised officers on his behalf.

I propose taking Questions Nos. 57 to 62 inclusive together. The number of holdings surveyed in Ireland during the 1989 review of our disadvantaged areas was 48,705 or 47 per cent of the 103,000 holdings with herd numbers outside the more severely handicapped areas.

The number of holdings surveyed in Offaly was 2,703 and the number in Laois was 999 representing over 50 per cent of the herdowners in the areas submitted for survey.

Tom Enright

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63 Mr. Enright asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he has any plans to have all of Ireland declared disadvantaged for the purposes of agriculture grants and assistance from the EC.

As under the present EC rules all of Ireland cannot be classified as disadvantaged, I do not intend at this time to make a proposal to the EC Commission for a 100 per cent designation as suggested by the Deputy.