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Written Answers. - Alternative Enterprise Scheme.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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 192. Mr. Deasy Information on John Deasy Zoom on John Deasy  asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh  his plans to extend the alternative enterprise scheme to include grant aid for covered all-weather training areas in view of the limitations imposed by inclement weather; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23810/02]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh Zoom on Joe Walsh The alternative enterprise scheme makes grant aid available to farmers for investment in housing-handling facilities for horses. Horse exercise areas are among the investment items eligible for grant aid. However, the cost of roofing of such exercise areas would normally be well in excess of the maximum amount of investment eligible for grant aid under the scheme of €31,743. I have no plans at present to revise the types of investment items eligible for grant aid under the scheme.


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