Wednesday, 4 February 2004

Ceisteanna (145)

Tom Hayes

Ceist:

236 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he will assist in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary who has applied for additional milk quota. [3309/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture and Food)

Allocations of milk quota from the national reserve are granted on the basis of recommendations from the milk quota appeals tribunal. The tribunal is a body established to consider and advise on applications for additional quota from individual producers who have suffered severe hardship in the context of the milk quota system.

The person named submitted an application for additional quota on the grounds of hardship in the current 2003-04 milk quota year. The tribunal examined his application in November 2003 but, unfortunately, it did not recommend making an allocation on that occasion. While every application to the tribunal is treated in a fair and sympathetic manner it has not been possible, within the constraints of the limited amount of quota available and the sizeable number of applications received, to meet the demands for quota from all applicants. The person named may apply again to the tribunal in the coming 2004-05 quota year when the application forms become available next autumn.