Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Questions (424, 425)

Michael McGrath

Question:

459 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the position in relation to a grant application from a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [5860/09]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

Under EU state aid rules the final year for awards under my Department's Capital Investment Scheme for the Marketing and Processing of certain agricultural products was 2008.

Following calls for proposals all aid applications went through a competitive assessment and evaluation process in which their strengths were assessed and ranked in line with the objectives of the Scheme. In the case of the horticulture sector 32 eligible applications were assessed and ranked in 2008 and the available funding was allocated to the 13 highest ranked projects. The project referred to was not one of these 13.

There is no indication that any of the awards granted will not be drawn down and in any event, it is not open to my Department to transfer an award from another proposal.

Denis Naughten

Question:

460 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon will receive payment; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5876/09]

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REPS 4 is a measure under the current Rural Development Programme 2007-13 and is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before the first payments issue. The first payments for 2008 REPS 4 applications issued in the last week of January to those whose applications required no correction following the administrative checks. Further payments continue to be made as applications are cleared.

Queries have arisen during the administrative checks on the plan of the person named and it is currently under further examination.