Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (631)

Colm Keaveney


631. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Galway may expect to receive payment of their agri-environment option scheme grant for 2012 now that further information has been submitted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8781/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1st September 2010 and full payments totalling €1,424.71 and €4,473.78 issued in respect of 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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. These checks have been successfully completed in respect of 2012 and I expect that 75% payment will issue shortly to the person named. The balancing 25% payment will issue shortly thereafter.