§ Dr. Cunningham
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many applications for payment of the annual suckler cow premium have been lodged with the Carlisle office of his Department; what proportion of those applicants have received their payment; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Curry
A total of 1,239 applications for 1991 suckler cow premium have been received at Carlisle divisional office. Of these, 947 have been processed for payment. Payments of premium to producers commenced on 25 November following the coming into force of the Suckler Cow Premium Regulations 1991 on 22 November.