Thursday, 1 June 2006

Questions (157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163)

Paul McGrath

Question:

157 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be awarded a REP scheme payment. [21376/06]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

The application from the person named was selected for a pre-payment inspection and deficiencies were found. A registered letter issued to the applicant on 27th April 2006 and he was advised that he could submit a new plan with the outlined deficiencies corrected. To date no such application has been received.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

158 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the position regarding an application for the single farm payment in the name of persons (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21402/06]

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An application under the Force Majeure measure was submitted in this case on 06/02/2004. Having examined the circumstances and documentation submitted it was deemed that the application did not satisfy the criteria laid down in Article 40 of Council Regulation EC No. 1782/2003, determining Force Majeure/Exceptional Circumstances. Notification of this decision issued on 15/06/2004.

The applicants were advised that they may be eligible to make an application under the New Entrant/Inheritance Scheme. No application under this Scheme has been received to date.

David Stanton

Question:

159 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food further to Parliamentary Question No. 580 of 25 April 2006 the reason the single farm payment to a person (details supplied) in County Cork has not been made; when same will be made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21405/06]

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The person named submitted a Private Contract Clause application under the 2005 Single Payment Scheme. The application has been processed and the entitlements transferred. Payment of €28,320.45 will issue to the person concerned within the next few days.

David Stanton

Question:

160 Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food further to Parliamentary Question No. 581 of 25 April 2006 the reason the single farm payment to a person (details supplied) in County Cork has not been made; when same will be made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21406/06]

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Further to my reply to Parliamentary Question No.581 of 25 April, 2006 in this case, all outstanding errors, including one that arose during the subsequent processing of the application, have now been resolved and payment of €31,683.27, which represents the full amount due, will issue to the person named in the coming days.

Question No. 161 withdrawn.

Denis Naughten

Question:

162 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the latest date for submission of a 2005 single farm payment national reserve application; when the 2006 application must be submitted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21457/06]

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My Department sought applications for the 2005 National Reserve in December 2004. The closing date for receipt of completed applications was extended to 16 May 2005 to coincide with the closing date for the 2005 Single Payment Scheme applications. The question of the categories to be included in the 2006 National Reserve and the timing of applications will be discussed with the Single Payment Advisory Committee in the near future following which I will make an appropriate announcement.

Denis Naughten

Question:

163 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason an application to stack for a person (details supplied) in County Cork was refused; if there is a mechanism to appeal the decision; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21458/06]

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The person named submitted a Single Payment Application on the 6 May 2005. This person also applied under the consolidation measure of the Single Payment Scheme. The consolidation application was processed and rejected on the 15 April 2006, as it is more beneficial to the applicant under Article 13 of EU Regulation 795/2004 whereby the reference amount will on transfer by way of inheritance be divided by the hectares inherited. This will result in full consolidation through the Inheritance measure.

The person named has had her entitlements amended as a result of the successful Inheritance application, to include Consolidation on Inheritance. The outstanding Single Payment will issue shortly.

Denis Naughten

Question:

164 Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food further to Parliamentary Question No. 142 of 11 May 2006 when payment will be issued; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21459/06]

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The person in this case initially applied under the Inheritance measure of the Single Payment Scheme. In processing this application, it became apparent that the transfer was appropriate to the Private Contract Clause procedure. A PCC application to transfer in entitlements under the 2005 Single Payment Scheme was subsequently received. The application has now been successfully processed, and payment of €5,538.08 under a Private Contract Clause agreement will issue to the person concerned within the next few days.