Dáil Éireann - Volume 630 - 31 January, 2007
Written Answers. - Grant Payments.
Mr. Kenny Mr. Kenny
Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when biofuels establishment grants announced in Budget 2007 will be introduced; the amount to be allocated to this scheme; the maximum amount to be awarded to individ ual applicants; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1354/07]
Mary Coughlan Mary Coughlan
Mary Coughlan: As provided for in the Budget a new Bioenergy Scheme will be introduced for a limited period to grant aid the planting of willow and miscanthus. Council Regulation (EC) No. 1782/2003, as amended, authorises Members States to pay national aid at a rate of up to 50% of the costs associated with establishing the crops. €8 million is being allocated to this scheme over the period 2007-2009. The details of the scheme are being finalised at present and will be announced shortly.
Dáil Éireann 630 Written Answers. Grant Payments.