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Grant Payments

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 10 November 2010

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Ceisteanna (227, 228, 229, 230, 231)

Beverley Flynn

Ceist:

264 Deputy Beverley Flynn asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if a person (details supplied) who has inherited a farm and who has been appointed keeper of records is entitled to receive payment under the single payment scheme or have they to wait until probate is granted and the land goes through the Land Registry [41742/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

An application was received requesting the transfer of 27.65 Single Payment entitlements to the person named from his late uncle. As the person named is not the owner of a herd-number it is not possible to process the requested transfer and consequently payment has not issued.

The person named has applied to my Department's District Veterinary Office for the role of herd-owner but he has been advised that this will not issue until such time as Probate becomes available. Once the status of herd-owner has been allocated, the requested transfer of Single Payment entitlements will be processed and payment will issue.

The Inheritance Enquiry Unit of my Department has communicated previously with the person named but further clarification can be obtained from that Unit if required. The unit can be contacted at Lo Call 1890 200 560.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

265 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a transfer of entitlements application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be finalised. [41806/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application was received on 5 February 2010 requesting the transfer of 38.73 Single Payment entitlements to the person named from her late husband. As the person named is not the owner of a herd-number, it is not possible to process the requested transfer and consequently payment has not issued.

The person named has applied to my Department's District Veterinary Office for the role of herd-owner but has been advised that this will not issue until such time as Probate becomes available. Once the status of herd-owner has been allocated, the requested transfer of Single Payment entitlements will be processed and payment will issue.

The Inheritance Enquiry Unit of my Department has communicated previously with the person named but further clarification can be obtained from that Unit if required. The Unit can be contacted at Lo Call 1890 200 560.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

266 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their REP scheme 4 payment. [41818/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The EU Regulations governing REPS 4 and other area-based schemes provide that payments issue in two instalments. The first instalment of 75% may be paid once all administrative checks on all applications, as well as cross-checks against areas declared on Single Payment Scheme applications, have been completed. This process is under way and while my objective is to make all payments for 2010 as soon as possible, the checks are likely to take some weeks to complete. The balancing payment of 25% can issue once all on-the-spot inspections for the year have taken place. The programme of inspections is well advanced at this stage.

Jimmy Deenihan

Ceist:

267 Deputy Jimmy Deenihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when payment of single farm payment scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41845/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 13 May 2010. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground Eligibility and Animal Identification Inspection. The inspection process is complete and the results are now being processed.

Under EU regulations governing the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the Single Payments Scheme all Ground Eligibility Inspections must be completed before any payment can issue to any applicant under either scheme, including those not selected for a Ground Eligibility Inspection.

In the vast majority of cases that were inspected amendments have had to be made to the maps in order that the Land Parcel Identification System that is used for making payments to farmers is kept up-to-date. Processing of these changes is continuing with priority being given to applications that were the subject of a Ground Eligibility Inspection.

Jimmy Deenihan

Ceist:

268 Deputy Jimmy Deenihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when payment of single farm payment scheme and area aid will be made in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42048/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 13 May 2010. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground Eligibility and Animal Identification Inspection. The inspection process is complete and the results are now being processed. Under EU regulations governing the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the Single Payments Scheme all Ground Eligibility Inspections must be completed before any payment can issue to any applicant under either scheme, including those not selected for a Ground Eligibility Inspection. In the vast majority of cases that were inspected amendments have had to be made to the maps in order that the Land Parcel Identification System that is used for making payments to farmers is kept up-to-date. Processing of these changes is continuing with priority being given to applications that were the subject of a Ground Eligibility Inspection.

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