Written answers

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Department of Agriculture and Food

Grant Payments

9:00 am

Photo of Billy TimminsBilly Timmins (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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Question 314: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food further to Parliamentary Question No. 238 of 3 November 2010, the position regarding the matter; if this will be paid as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43716/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 21 April 2010.

This application was selected for a ground eligibility and animal identification inspection. During the course of the ground eligibility inspection deductions were made to parcel Z22302093. The claimed area of 38.14ha is reduced to 37.91ha. As the total area found is sufficient to support the number of entitlements held, no penalties will be applied. During the course of the cross-compliance inspection breaches were discovered with regards to Identification/Registration of animals under Statutory Management Requirements 7 and 8. This resulted in a cross compliance penalty of 5% being applied to his 2010 Direct Payments.

A formal decision issued to the person named on 27 October 2010 that advised him of his right to seek a review of the decision with 21 days to the District Inspector and of his right to appeal the outcome of any such review to the Independent Agriculture Appeals Office. The inspection process is complete and the results are now being processed. The 50% advance under the Single Payment Scheme will issue within one week with the balancing payment due on 1 December 2010. Payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme will issue within one week.

Photo of Paul Connaughton  SnrPaul Connaughton Snr (Galway East, Fine Gael)
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Question 315: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway has not received their area based payment or single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43737/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 15 April 2010. No land was declared on the application and the person named has no Single Farm entitlements.

An official of my Department will contact the person named with a view to assisting her with any outstanding queries she may have in relation to the application.

Photo of Jimmy DeenihanJimmy Deenihan (Kerry North, Fine Gael)
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Question 316: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when the single farm payment and disadvantaged area payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43880/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on the 13 May 2010. This application was selected for and was the subject of a Ground Eligibility and Full Cross Compliance Inspection.

The inspection process is complete and the results are now being processed.

Under EU regulations governing the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the Single Payment Scheme all Ground Eligibility Inspections must be completed before any payment can issue to any applicant under either scheme, including those not selected for a Ground Eligibility Inspection. In the vast majority of cases that were inspected amendments have had to be made to the maps in order that the Land Parcel Identification System that is used for making payments to farmers is kept up-to-date. Processing of these changes is continuing with priority being given to applications that were the subject of a Ground Eligibility Inspection.

Photo of Pat BreenPat Breen (Clare, Fine Gael)
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Question 317: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason a person (details supplied) has not been facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43882/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 27 April 2010. Following initial processing of the application, the person named was found to have dual-claimed a number of land parcels with other scheme applicants. In keeping with standard procedure, all parties concerned were written to; in response, by letter dated 28 September, the person named indicated that he did not have the right to claim the land parcels in question. Following re-calculation of the area in question, the person named was found not eligible for the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme, as the over declaration exceeded 20%, as per the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme.

As the applicant's determined land after the deduction for the dual-claims is greater than the number of payment entitlements he holds under the Single Payment Scheme, the dual claims deductions will not impact on his payments under that Scheme.

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 318: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their correct payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43883/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 13 May 2010. Initial payments issued under both schemes were based on the land parcels that were cleared at the time, as a number of other land parcels declared by the person named required digitisation. This process has now been completed. As a result of which, the balancing payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme has issued to the person named, while the balancing payment under the Single Payment Scheme are scheduled to commence issuing as and from 1 December 2010.

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 319: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their area aid payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43885/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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An application under the 2010 Single Payment Scheme/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 13 April 2010. The 50% advance payment under the Single Payment Scheme, which issued on 18 October and the 75% advance payment under the Disadvantaged Area Scheme, which issued on 21 September, were calculated on the basis of those land parcels cleared for payment at that stage, as a number of other land parcels declared by the person named required digitisation. This process has recently been completed, following which the balancing payment under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme issued to the person named. The balancing payments under the Single Payment Scheme are scheduled to commence issuing as and from 1 December 2010.

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Question 320: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their REP scheme 4 payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43886/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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The EU Regulations governing REPS 4 and other area-based schemes provide that payments issue in two instalments. The first instalment of 75% may be paid once all administrative checks on all applications, as well as cross-checks against areas declared on Single Payment Scheme applications, have been completed. The SPS application concerned has not yet been finalized and when this is done the REPS Cross Check will be carried out and the REPS application can then be fully processed.

Photo of Willie PenroseWillie Penrose (Longford-Westmeath, Labour)
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Question 321: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will expedite payment of the REP scheme to a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43909/10]

Photo of Brendan SmithBrendan Smith (Minister, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Payment will issue to the person named within 10 days.

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