Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Questions (141)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

141. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford who has sought to sell milk quota; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23954/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Milk Quota Trading Scheme was the main mechanism for the transfer of quota between milk producers. The sixteenth and final stage of the scheme was announced on 17 December 2013, and had a closing date for receipt of applications of 7 February 2014.

As this was the final opportunity for quota holders to dispose of their quota, the closing date was, as an exceptional measure, extended to 7 March 2014 in order to accommodate sellers who had missed the original deadline.

The named person’s application was not received in the Department until 31 March, the date on which I announced the results of the scheme. Unfortunately it was not possible at that point to include the application.

On 1 April, the named person was informed of the situation in the course of a telephone conversation with an official of my Department.