Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (174)

Michael Ring

Question:

174. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo received payment under the BTAP 2012 when they had not met the terms and conditions of the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51099/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Terms and Conditions of the 2012 Beef Technology Adoption Programme required participants to select two Tasks from the menu of eight Tasks with provision for participants to notify a subsequent change of a selected Task. The person named was initially found to be ineligible for payment under the 2012 Programme as it was established that he had failed to complete one of the two selected Tasks. However, upon review he was deemed eligible, as it transpired that he had satisfactorily completed a third Task. While the substitution of this third Task had not been notified to my Department beforehand, credit was allowed for its successful completion and, accordingly, payment under the 2012 Programme was made on that basis as all other requirements of the Programme were successfully completed.