Written Answers. - Control of Farmyard Pollution Scheme.

Matt Brennan

Question:

28 Mr. M. Brennan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry the number of applications under the control of farmyard pollution scheme; and the number of payments under this scheme. [1860/96]

Brendan Smith

Question:

71 Mr. B. Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry the progress, if any, that has been made to date in eliminating the backlog of applications under the control of farmyard pollution scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1852/96]

Brendan Smith

Question:

248 Mr. B. Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry the number of applications by county received to date in respect of the control of farmyard pollution scheme; the number of approvals issued; and the number of conditional approvals issued. [1982/96]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 28, 71 and 248 together.

As Deputies will be aware, the scheme had been heavily subscribed and underfunded when I took office. I succeeded in drawing up a revised scheme to deal with that difficult situation. I advised the House previously of the procedures which I put in place last September to deal with the balance of the applications. Under this procedure applications are dealt with on a monthly basis.

I have set out in the tables which I am circulating details, on a county basis, of the total numbers of applications under the scheme, together with the approvals and payments made in 1995.
There were almost 18,500 applications for aid under this scheme. At the end of December 1995 some 9,000 of these had been fully processed with approval issuing in respect of 8,225. Of the remaining 9,500 some 4,500 have been advised that they should submit drawings of their farmyard and related buildings along with details of the proposed development. These applicants have also been advised to submit planning permission or consents where this is appropriate. The remaining 5,000 applicants will be similarly dealt with by my Department by the spring.
Control of Farmyard Pollution

County

Applications

Approvals*

No. of Applications paid

Total Grant Paid

27/04/95

31/12/95

31/12/95

31/12/95

£

Carlow

140

96

39

242,748

Cavan

1,058

403

75

636,933

Clare

1,203

425

114

1,210,747

Cork

1,006

458

161

1,257,120

Donegal

970

548

201

1,275,309

Dublin

31

19

6

19,103

Galway

2,241

1,164

529

3,820,620

Kerry

682

329

84

678,013

Kildare

294

128

54

331,443

Kilkenny

490

341

205

1,349,045

Laois

446

158

47

370,463

Leitrim

771

353

113

904,644

Limerick

455

177

52

426,336

Longford

634

283

78

719,780

Louth

163

69

29

251,668

Mayo

2,209

1,100

492

3,121,716

Meath

482

173

35

292,575

Monaghan

699

324

175

1,610,391

Offaly

487

181

39

269,149

Roscommon

984

309

110

909,833

Sligo

675

257

70

690,398

Tipperary North

334

133

40

345,010

Tipperary South

453

136

42

322,005

Waterford

206

105

37

299,955

Westmeath

483

206

72

614,084

Wexford

654

247

67

510,280

Wicklow

206

103

40

189,874

Total

18,456

8,225*

3,006

22,669,242

* 2,400 Deferred Payment in 1997.