Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Questions (521, 522, 523)

Paul Connaughton

Question:

546 Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason a REP scheme payment has not been paid for 2011 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; when it is likely to be paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3441/12]

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

The person named commenced REPS 4 in October 2009 and received payment for the first two years of their contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and accordingly is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before any payments can issue. However, following a change in the system of farming and the creation of a milk partnership an adjusted plan was requested. This plan was received by my Department and officials are currently examining the adjusted plan with a view to an early resolution and payment in respect of 2011.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

547 Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason a REP scheme payment has not been paid in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; when payment will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3443/12]

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The person named commenced REPS 4 in December 2009 and received payments for the first two years of their contract. REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and accordingly is subject to EU Regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all applications to be completed before any payments can issue. However, following a change in the system of farming and the creation of a milk partnership an adjusted plan was requested. This plan was received by my Department and officials are currently examining the adjusted plan with a view to an early resolution and payment in respect of 2011.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

548 Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine whether it is possible that although a 40% penalty was imposed for 2010 because a person (details supplied) in County Galway could not prove the presence of horses on their land, now that the person can prove that the horses are in situ on their land through having their horses blood-typed in 2011 that the penalty would be removed for the remaining years; if he will outline the appeal mechanism available to the person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3444/12]

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An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 18 April 2011. Following processing, the application was identified as not meeting the minimum stocking density requirements. The person named was written to in this regard on 1 September, 30 September and again on 21 November 2011, following which, horse passports were received in the Department and the application was further processed. Payments under the 2011 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme issued on 30 December 2011.

No payment issued to the person named under the 2010 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme as the holding of the person named did not meet the minimum stocking density requirements. Following correspondence, the person named failed to provide the necessary proof of meeting the minimum stocking density requirements.