Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Charles Flanagan

Question:

123 Mr. Flanagan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason for the delay in the payment of a TB reactor grant to a person (details supplied) in County Offaly.

The delay in the payment of a TB reactor grant to the person named was a result of the herd owner not having submitted a cleansing and disinfection certificate to the district veterinary office. This has now been done and payment of the grant will be made within the next few weeks.

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

124 Mr. Sheehan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment of his farm development grant.

Every effort is made to have payments under the farm investment schemes made at the earliest possible date. Claims are, of course, processed strictly in order of receipt and, therefore, the period between receipt of a particular claim and its payment is affected by the overall volume of claims to be processed at the time in question and the position in regard to budgetary resources. Having regard to the level of claims currently on hands, it is likely to be about two months before this payment can be made.

Michael Noonan

Question:

125 Mr. Noonan (Limerick East) asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a decision has been made yet on an appeal by a person (details supplied) against a decision on his eligibility for a beef premium grant; if he will be readmitted to the scheme this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

The person named applied for grants on animals which were not in his ownership and possession at the time of application. Under EC regulations governing the scheme my Department have no choice but to disallow all 1990 special beef premium and to debar him from the scheme for 12 months from 31 January 1991.

Michael Noonan

Question:

126 Mr. Noonan (Limerick East) asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if a decision has been made yet on an appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Limerick against a decision on his eligibility for a cow suckler grant; if he will be re-admitted to the scheme this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

The decision to refuse 1990 EC suckler cow scheme grants to the person named and to debar him from the 1991 EC suckler cow scheme is being upheld as my Department are not satisfied that he maintained on his holding the number of suckler cows on which he applied for grants for six months from the date of lodgment of his application, as required under the terms and conditions of that scheme.

Jim Higgins

Question:

127 Mr. J. Higgins asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason for the delay in the payment of the suckler cow grant to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.

These applicants will be paid their grants under the 1990 and 1991 suckler cow premium schemes for small-scale milk producers shortly.

The reasons for the delay were as follows: (a) the EC regulations governing the schemes were not finalised until July 1990 after all other cattle scheme applications had been issued in Ireland, (b) those regulations were so complex that discussions with the EC Commission Services were necessary this year to ensure that we were implementing them properly in Ireland and (c) there have been some difficulties in obtaining details of the milk quotas owned by certain applicants so that their eligibility for the schemes and the numbers of cows on which premium could be paid could be established accurately. These problems have been largely resolved now, however, and payment of 1990 and 1991 grants under this scheme should start in November 1991 with all other 1991 cattle scheme payments.

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

128 Mr. Sheehan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment of his farm installation grant as all relevant documentation was lodged with his Department some time ago.

It is hoped to have this grant paid within the next two to three weeks.