Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (310, 311, 312)

Michael Ring

Question:

396 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the reason different directives on the nitrates directive action programme were sent to Europe than were agreed; and the exact action plan that has been sent to Europe. [6671/04]

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Michael Ring

Question:

407 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the reason the agreement reached with the Irish Farmers’ Association on the nitrates directive action programme has been broken. [6645/04]

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Michael Ring

Question:

408 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the reason different proposals on the nitrates directive action programme were sent to Europe than those agreed; and the nature of the proposals which have been sent to Europe. [6646/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 396, 407 and 408 together.

I refer to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 501 of 24 February 2004.

The draft nitrates action programme which was issued for public consultation on 19 December 2003 is consistent with the terms of the national partnership agreement, Sustaining Progress. The draft programme was sent on an informal basis to the European Commission and a copy is available in the Oireachtas Library.