Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (295)

Michael Creed

Question:

298 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will confirm receipt of an application for milk quota for a new entrant from a person (details supplied) in County Cork; the number of applications received under this scheme in 2012; when a decision will issue regarding successful applications; if he will outline the process by which applications will be scored; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35773/12]

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

In February 2012 my Department announced details of the 2012 Scheme for the Allocation of Milk Quota to New Entrants to Dairying, with a closing date of 4th May 2012. Approximately 270 applications were received in my Department before this deadline. These applications were subject to a preliminary examination to ensure compliance with the eligibility criteria as set out in the Detailed Rules of the Scheme. All valid applications, including that received from the person named, have been submitted to the Assessment Panel for examination and it is expected that the Panel will have completed its work by mid August, at which time I hope to announce the results of the Scheme.

The Assessment Panel will base its decisions on the contents and quality of the applications submitted, taking account of educational qualifications, experience and the quality of the Business Plan and other factors.