Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (142)

Willie Penrose


222 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the steps taken to ensure that the suckler cow premium which is due to a person (details supplied) is paid out immediately; and the reason for the delay in this matter. [6674/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

The person named applied for premium on 12 animals under the 2003 suckler cow premium scheme on 2 July 2003. According to the terms and conditions of the scheme, the closing date for receipt of applications was 27 June 2003. Where any application was received after 27 June but before 23 July 2003, the premium grants claimed thereon were to be reduced by a cumulative 1% for each working day the application was late. In this case a 3% reduction penalty will be applied as the application was late by three working days.

While processing the application it was found that, according to CMMS records, four animals, tag numbers XGA846978, XJA698074, XJA699417 and ZWNV0013K, were not recorded as being in his ownership or possession at the time of application. Correspondence from the district livestock office of my Department issued to the person named on 14 July 2003 regarding this matter.

The herdowner requested that the movement dates for the animals be amended and he was issued with a form NBAS 17 by the national beef assurance section in Portlaoise. Correspondence issued from NBAS to the person named on 9 February 2004 informing him that the movement dates for the animals could not be amended unless he provided sufficient evidence to show when the animals were purchased. No further information has been received from the herdowner to date. If a response is not received shortly, the application will be processed further on the basis of the details available on CMMS.