Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (83, 84, 85)

Michael Noonan

Question:

78 Mr. Noonan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the status regarding an application for extra milk quota for persons (details supplied) in County Limerick. [7297/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

The milk quota appeals tribunal recommends allocations from the national reserve. It was established to consider and advise on applications for additional quota from producers who have suffered severe hardship in the context of the milk quota system.

The person named last applied to the tribunal in the 2001-02 milk quota year. There is no record of an application for the current 2003-04 quota year but its deadline for applications has passed. He can apply for the 2004-05 quota year when forms are become available in the autumn.

Michael Noonan

Question:

79 Mr. Noonan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the status regarding an application for extra milk quota for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [7298/04]

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The milk quota appeals tribunal recommends allocations from the national reserve. It was established to consider and advise on applications for additional quota from producers who have suffered severe hardship in the context of the milk quota system.

The person named submitted an application for additional quota on the grounds of hardship in the current 2003-04 milk quota year. Last January the tribunal examined his application but did not recommend an allocation. Every application is treated in a fair and sympathetic manner. However, it has not been possible, within the constraints of the limited amount of quota available and the sizeable number of applications received, to meet the demand.

Michael Noonan

Question:

80 Mr. Noonan asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the status regarding an application for extra milk quota for a person (details supplied) in County Limerick. [7299/04]

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The milk quota appeals tribunal recommends allocations from the national reserve. It was established to consider and advise on applications for additional quota from producers who have suffered severe hardship in the context of the milk quota system.

The person named last applied to the tribunal in the 2001-02 milk quota year. There is no record of an application for the current 2003-04 quota year but its deadline for applications has passed. He can apply for the 2004-05 quota year when forms are become available in the autumn.