Dáil Éireann - Volume 632 - 01 March, 2007

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when persons (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive the disadvantaged area scheme for 2006. [8057/07]

  Mary Coughlan: The persons named submitted a 2006 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application on 21 April 2006. Full payment of €4,315.50 issued on 22 September 2006, directly by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the nominated bank account.

Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Wexford will receive their payment of single farm payment; the reason for the delay in payment of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8092/07]

  Mary Coughlan: An application under the 2006 Single Payment Scheme / Disadvantaged Areas Scheme [1721] was received from the person named on 15 May 2006. Full payments totalling €10,187.16 in relation to the Single Payment Scheme issued on 16 October 2006 and 1 December 2006. A further payment of €2,858.91 issued on 30 November 2006 in respect of the 2006 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

The person named also submitted an application for an allocation of entitlements under the 2005 Single Payment Scheme National Reserve under Category B.

Category B caters for farmers who, between 1 January, 2000 and 19 October, 2003 made an investment in production capacity in a farming sector for which a direct payment under Livestock Premia and/or Arable Aid schemes would have been payable during the reference period 2000-2002. Investments can include purchase or long term lease of land, purchase of suckler and/or ewe quota or other investments.

The person named applied under Category B (111) in relation to the purchase of suckler quota and B (iv) for other investments and has been deemed successful under both categories.

However, the Regulations governing the Single Payment Scheme provide that checks must be made to ensure that an allocation from the National Reserve, to an applicant who has already benefited under other measures associated with the Single Payment Scheme, does not result in double benefit. An applicant may only benefit from the measure that is most beneficial.

In this regard, the person named has already benefited from the New Entrant measure during the reference period and an allocation from the Reserve would result in double benefit. In this instance the New Entrant measure is financially more beneficial than the National Reserve and therefore the National Reserve will be rescinded in favour of the New Entrant measure.

A formal letter of decision will issue shortly to the person named. If the person named is dissatisfied with my Department’s decision in relation to the National Reserve he will then have the opportunity to appeal this decision to the Independent Single Payment Appeals Committee. An appeal application form is available from any of my Department’s offices or on the Department website at www.agriculture.gov.ie

Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) will receive payment of their single farm payment; the reason for the delay in receiving payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8093/07]

  Mary Coughlan: The person named made applications under the Trading of Entitlements and Consolidation measures of the Single Payment Scheme. These applications are currently being processed and payment will issue within the coming days.

[1722] Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Wexford will receive payment of their single farm payment; the reason for the delay in processing same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8094/07]

  Mary Coughlan: The position is that an application for the Transfer of Entitlements under the Single Payment Scheme to the person named was submitted on the 24th April 2006. During processing of the Transfer application, it was necessary for an official of my Department to write to the person named to seek clarification on certain matters relating to the application. Further documentation was received and the application is now fully processed. Payment in respect of 19.78 entitlements transferred by way of lease will issue shortly.