Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (576)

Dan Neville

Question:

576. Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if all payments due to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick will issue without further delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9733/13]

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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 and has received full payment totalling €1,167.51 in respect of 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. 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. During the course of these checks on the capital investment claim a query was identified and a letter issued to the person named dated 30 January 2013 regarding this query. A reply to this query has been received and is being dealt with by my Department at present. Once resolved, the application will be further processed with the intention of issuing payment for 2012 at the earliest opportunity.