Dáil Éireann - Volume 502 - 23 March, 1999

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

203. Mr. U. Burke asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he will pay grant aid under the new farm building scheme to farmers who have carried out work to comply with the REP scheme since he took office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7766/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): It is a strict condition for the award of grant aid under any of the on-farm investment schemes that the prior written approval of the Department must be obtained before the commencement of development work. It is proposed that the new national aid schemes presently awaiting European Commission approval will also include this condition and consequently works commenced prior to the introduction of the schemes will not qualify for grant aid.

205. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive 1998 headage and premia in view of the fact all the relevant documentation was submitted to the area aid unit again. [7854/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): The documents recently submitted by the person named as a result of further communication from my Department have been processed by the area aid unit. Any payments due will issue as soon as possible.

206. Mr. McGinley asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food when a cull ewe scheme payment will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal. [7855/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Payment will be made to the person named shortly.

207. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the further payments, if any, [593] due to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo under the fodder scheme. [7856/99]

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): The person named does not appear to be the registered owner of a herd number. If the Deputy will provide details regarding a herd number for the person named, my Department will examine the matter. The person named has not submitted an application for the 1999 special fodder hardship scheme.