Written Answers. - Milk Quota.

Dan Neville

Question:

132 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the outcome of an application for increased quota for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [10799/03]

The allocation of the balance of the Agenda 2000 milk quota to certain categories of small and medium scale milk producers has been completed and applicants have been notified of the outcome in their own cases. An application was submitted by the person named in relation to this quota. However, as the conditions of the scheme were not satisfied, an allocation was not made.

An appeals procedure exists in relation to this scheme whereby applicants who did not qualify under the conditions of the scheme or who feel that the allocation made in their particular case was incorrect could appeal the decision to the milk quota appeals tribunal. The closing date for receipt of such appeals was 10 January 2003. There is no record of the person named having submitted an appeal before the closing date.

Dan Neville

Question:

133 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the outcome of an application for increased milk quota under hardship cases for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [10800/03]

Allocations of milk quota from the national reserve are granted on the basis of recommendations from the milk quota appeals tribunal. The tribunal is a body established to consider and advise on applications for additional quota from individual producers who have suffered severe hardship in the context of the milk quota system.

The named person submitted an application for additional quota on the grounds of hardship. However, the amount of quota available for allocation at any given time is limited in the context of the large number of applications submitted. There was insufficient quota available in the 2002-03 milk quota year to enable the tribunal to recommend any further allocations and, unfortunately, it was not possible to make an allocation to the named person. A letter issued to him outlining the above position. However, his application will be further considered in the context of the hardship scheme for the 2003-04 milk quota year.