Written Answers. - Rural Development Plan.

Olwyn Enright


243 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if Ireland is meeting in full its commitments under the CAP rural development plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3918/03]

To date Ireland has largely met its commitments under the forestry chapter of the CAP rural development plan. The plan contains a provision allowing for a mid-term review which is currently under way. Expenditure under the plan over the period of the National Development Plan 2000-2006 is also, in general, on target to maximise the drawdown of EU funding. It is recognised however that expenditure must be maintained at a level that respects the public expenditure ceiling set by the Government and takes account of wider budgetary priorities.