Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (240)

Charlie McConalogue


240. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline his views on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's spending review of the TAMS 2 scheme (details supplied) relating to underspend. [5157/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The seven measures under TAMS II are co- funded under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The level of approvals that have issued to date under the Scheme now stand at 12,758.

However, the approvals have not as yet translated into a substantial level of claim activity. The funding committed to the TAMS II Scheme is €395m over the course of RDP. All approved participants who have completed their approved works are urged to submit a payment claim to draw down the available funding.

The comments included in the spending review are noted. It is also worth noting that the timing of the review was at an earlier point in the programme and there has been significant activity in terms of approvals and payments subsequently. My Department has spent €11m on the TAMs in the last two months as there has been a noticeable pick up in submitted claims.