Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

John Perry

Question:

80 Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development when a person (details supplied) will receive a ewe premium; the reason for the delays; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17571/01]

In the light of the situation which emerged from the cull of animals linked to the foot and mouth crisis, additional checks and controls of applications under the 2001 ewe premium scheme are currently under way. I have asked my officials to give priority to completing this exercise to enable ewe premium payments to commence as soon as possible.