Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (151, 152, 153)

Paul Connaughton

Question:

253 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the outcome of an application under force majeure in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that this person inherited their farm in 1998 and did not have sufficient time to build up numbers to their present level. [25789/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

The Department of Agriculture and Food contacted the person in question because there was no record of aforce majeure application in his name on the single payment database. The person required a copy of his provisional entitlement statement, which had been mislaid, to submit a force majeure application by the closing date of 29 October 2004. Arrangements have been made to issue a duplicate of the provisional entitlement statement to the person in question.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

254 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway only received single payment entitlements of €2,100; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25791/04]

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The single payment entitlement is calculated using the average number of animals and hectares on which direct payments were made during the reference period of 2000, 2001 and 2002. The single payment provisional entitlement statement which issued to the person in question is reflective of the average direct payments made during the reference years to that person and has been calculated in accordance with the criteria laid down in the EU regulations underpinning the single payment scheme. If the person in question wishes to have any aspect of the provisional entitlement statement reviewed, he may seek such a review by completing a single payment scheme review form which is available from the Department of Agriculture and Food.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

255 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the position regarding the single payment for a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25792/04]

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A statement of provisional entitlements under the single payment scheme was posted to the person in question on 7 October 2004. As it seems that the person has not received his statement to date, arrangements have been made to issue a further copy of it as soon as possible.