Dáil Éireann - Volume 506 - 03 June, 1999

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

49. Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if payments for beef premia applied for in January 1999 will issue before November 1999; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14740/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): The 1999 special beef premium scheme, which is fully financed by the European Union, runs for the calendar year from 1 January through to 31 December 1999. Up to eight separate applications are possible during the year. The EU regulations governing the scheme provide for payment of 60 per cent of estimated entitlement on or after 1 November 1999. The balance and, in addition, any extensification premium due will be paid in 2000 after the expiry of any relevant retention period(s) and completion of all checks.