Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (204)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

207 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding payment under the agri-environment options scheme in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34287/12]

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

The applicant was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st September 2010 and full payment totalling €482.65 issued in respect of 2010. Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue.

Payment in respect of the 2011 scheme year is subject to an administrative checking process which includes verification of capital investment claims through checks on receipts. A claim for reimbursement for non-productive capital investment was received by my Department and there are a number of issues which need to be addressed before the claim can be processed further. My Department issued a letter on 10th July 2012 to the person named with regard to these issues. Upon receipt of a satisfactory response to the issues the application will be processed further.