Thursday, 12 February 2004

Questions (120)

John Cregan

Question:

116 Mr. Cregan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason entrants to the milk quota restructuring scheme (details supplied) were not allocated quota despite the fact that all applicants were under 35 years of age and all applications submitted were in order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4443/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

Co-operatives dairies are required to operate the milk quota restructuring scheme in their own collection area according to detailed rules laid down by the Department as provided for in the milk quota regulations.

I am aware that a number of applicants, including the named persons, have raised issues concerning the operation of the scheme by a particular milk purchaser. My Department has sought clarification from the milk purchaser in question in regard to the matter raised and the applicants concerned will be advised of the Department's findings in the matter.