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Written Answers - Grant Payments

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 421.  Deputy John O’Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their REP scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6208/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The person named commenced REPS in November 2008 and received payments for the first three years of their contract.

REPS 4 is a measure under the current 2007-13 Rural Development Programme and is subject to EU regulations which require detailed administrative checks on all application to be completed before any payments can issue. In the course of the administrative checks a discrepancy was discovered between the Single Payment Scheme application for 2011 and the REPS 4 agri-environmental plan. This discrepancy has now been resolved and the 75% payment amounting to €3,168.26 issued on 3 February 2012. The 25% balancing payment of €1,056.08 will also issue shortly.

 422.  Deputy Jim Daly Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  the position regarding agri-environment options scheme payments in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6210/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The person named was approved for participation in the Agri-Environment Options Scheme with effect from the 1 November 2010.

Under the EU Regulations governing the Scheme and other area-based payment schemes, a comprehensive administrative check, including cross-checks with the Land Parcel Identification System, have to be completed before any payment could issue. During these checks, queries arose in relation to the ownership of one parcel of land. This issue has been resolved and payment in respect of 2010 will issue shortly. Payment in respect of 2011 are subject to a similar [511]administrative checking process which includes verification of capital investment through checks on receipts. These checks have been finalised and the claim will be processed for payment once the 2010 payment has issued.

 423.  Deputy John McGuinness Information on John McGuinness Zoom on John McGuinness  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  if the issues relevant to the single farm payment due to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny have been resolved; if this case will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6238/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The payment in question was made to the person named on 14 April 2011. The payment was calculated on the basis of the SPS Entitlements held; i.e. the person named had 24.47 entitlements, with a unit value of €8.90.

There was no payment due to the person named under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme as the person named did not submit an application.

I have arranged that a comprehensive letter will issue to the person named, outlining his involvement in the Single Payment Scheme, since its inception, to date. The Deputy will be aware, from replies to previous PQs, of some of the issues concerned.

 424.  Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív  asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney  the reason for the delay in digitising maps for a person (details supplied) in County Galway; when it is likely that this digitisation will be complete; when payments due will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6268/12]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney An application under the 2011 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 13 May 2011, processing of which has recently been finalised, thereby allowing payment to issue directly to the nominated bank account of the applicant in the coming days.


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