Written Answers. - Special Beef Premia.

Peadar Clohessy

Question:

82 Mr. Clohessy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry his views on the proposal to amalgamate the ten and 22 months special beef premia applying to bulls into a single payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1840/96]

There is no proposal from the EU Commission to amalgamate the ten and 22 months special beef premium applying to bulls into a single payment. However, I understand that the issue is under review and my attitude will be determined by whatever proposal, if any, is put forward.

In the context of the Irish beef industry, I consider it important that the double premium system for steers is maintained.