Written Answers. - Farm Electrification Costs.

Arthur Morgan


283 Mr. Morgan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the prohibitively high cost of the electrification of isolated farms, including 3-phase electricity supply; if he will provide financial assistance to offset these costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15164/02]

My Department does not have a general function in relation to electricity connection charges. The Deputy may wish to know that the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources administer a farm electrification grant scheme. Any queries regarding this scheme should in future be directed to my colleague, the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources. A special scheme has been initiated in CLÁR areas for upgrading for single phase to three phase. I have asked my officials to provide information on CLÁR to you including this programme.