Thursday, 13 December 2012

Questions (142)

Paul Connaughton


142. Deputy Paul J. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment in respect of agri-environment option scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56014/12]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was approved for participation in the 2010 Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st September 2010 and full payment has issued in respect of both 2010 and 2011.

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 2012 Scheme year is subject to a similar administrative checking process. 2012 payments have now commenced and in the event of any particular issues arising on the application of the person named officials in my Department will be in direct contact with the person named.