Written Answers. - Disadvantaged Areas.

Robert Molloy

Question:

64 Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry the criteria by which areas will be selected for a third category of very severely disadvantaged areas; when the areas which satisfy the criteria will be selected and a proposal transmitted to the European Commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1837/96]

The criteria by which areas will be selected for reclassification as extremely disadvantaged are being examined, and I expect a decision on specific criteria in the near future. When these have been agreed, the areas which meet the criteria will be selected and transmitted to the EU Commission without delay.