Written Answers. - Afforestation Programme.

John Ellis

Question:

240 Mr. Ellis asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if the balance of forestry premium for 2002 due to a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim in respect of lands at Laughta, Kinlough will be awarded. [3913/03]

The balance of the forestry premium for 2002 will be paid to the person in question within the next two weeks.

Olwyn Enright

Question:

241 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the support measures he intends to make available under the afforestation programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3916/03]

Olwyn Enright

Question:

242 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if the Government will meet its afforestation target of 20,000 hectares for 2003 as outlined in the 1996 strategy for the Irish forest industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3917/03]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 241 and 242 together.

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 121 and 577 of 29 January 2003.