Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (562)

Éamon Ó Cuív


562. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment under the agri-environment options scheme will issue in respect of a person (details supplied); the reason for the delay in issuing this payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9657/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The person named was approved for participation in the 2011 Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from 1st September 2011.

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme, a comprehensive administrative check of all applications, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, must be completed before any payment can issue. An outstanding query in relation to one commonage parcel has now been satisfactorily resolved and I expect payment for 2011 to issue shortly to the person named.

Payments in respect of the 2012 Scheme year are subject to a similar administrative checking process which includes verification of capital investments through checks on receipts. These checks have now been completed and following the payment for 2011, the payment in respect of 2012 will be finalised.