Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Questions (64)

Gerard Murphy

Question:

150 Mr. Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if all payments can be made in 2004 immediately to a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [6287/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

The person named applied for 2003 slaughter premium only and did not apply under any other 2003 livestock scheme. He has been paid the 2003 slaughter premium less an amount deducted in respect of a penalty.

To date, the person named has submitted one application under the 2004 livestock schemes, i.e. a special beef premium application in respect of 14 animals. Applicants may lodge up to 12 applications during 2004 at times of their own choosing.

Under the relevant EU regulations, the person named cannot be paid the initial 60% of estimated entitlement until on or after 16 October 2004. The balance plus any 2004 extensification premium due shall be paid in 2005 after it has been established whether or not the regional beef quota has been exceeded and after the expiry of any relevant retention period(s) and completion of all checks.