Dáil Éireann - Volume 393 - 21 November, 1989

Written Answers. - Headage Grant Schemes.

91. Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the total amount of moneys paid in headage grants in the severely handicapped areas in the years 1985 to 1989 inclusive; the total cost [1017] to the Exchequer each year; and the total amount recouped from the EC during this period.

93. Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he will outline the amount of payments made under (1) the ewe premium scheme, (2) the special beef premium scheme, (3) the ewe hogget grant, (4) the suckler cow scheme, (5) the beef cow scheme and (6) the calf premium for the years 1985 to 1989, inclusive.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. O'Kennedy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 91 and 93 together.

Figures for 1989 payments are not yet available. Payments made by my Department under the various EC premium schemes in the years 1985 to 1988 inclusive were as follows:

Year

Suckler Cow

Calf

Special Beef

Ewe

£m

£m

£m

£m

1985

17.470

34.104

36.047

1986

10.227

12.617

42.377

1987

10.050

11.850

7.833

55.928

1988

17.043

12.209

19.824

64.123

Details requested for the same period in relation to the disadvantaged areas schemes are as follows:—

Sheep Headage Scheme.

Year

Paid

Recouped

Exchequer Cost

£m

£m

£m

1985

10.752

4.569

6.183

1986

10.899

5.376

5.523

1987

11.599

5.450

6.149

1988

12.555

5.800

6.755

Beef Cow Scheme

Year

Paid

Recouped

Exchequer Cost

£m

£m

£m

1985

2.500

0.843

1.657

1986

2.375

1.250

1.125

1987

4.360

1.187

3.173

1988

4.271

2.180

2.091

[1018] Cattle Headage Scheme

Year

Paid

Recouped

Exchequer Cost

£m

£m

£m

1985

34.566

13.237

21.329

1986

46.407

17.249

29.158

1987

44.511

28.146

16.365

1988

38.454

23.706

14.748

Recoupment in any year is based on expenditure in the previous year.

There is no separate grant for ewe hoggets but hoggets can qualify for grants under the sheep headage scheme which applies to all disadvantaged areas.

The beef cow scheme applies to the less severely handicapped areas and the cattle headage scheme applies to the more severely handicapped areas.