Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Michael Creed

Question:

58 Mr. Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he will investigate the circumstances regarding the disqualification of a person (details supplied) in County Cork from benefit under the 22 month beef premium grant scheme; and if, in view of the required retention period and that these animals are now ready for slaughter, he will facilitate the application by accepting the original application form as being valid as and from the appropriate date of birth of the cattle involved. [2922/98]

The October application submitted by the person named covered animals that were not then eligible for 22 months special beef premium. These animals became eligible for that premium only during November 1997. The application was resubmitted during that month and it is now being processed for payment.