Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he received the applications for fishing boats grants Nos. (1) UK/0/114/89, (2) UK/0/122/ 89, (3) UK/0/117/89 and (4) UK/0/113/89; when he expects to submit them to the European Commission; and if he will make a statement about the delay in release of these grant payments.
§ Mr. Curry
The information is as follows:
Project number Date application received Date of Commission announcement of successful grant awards Date claim received UK/0/114/89 5 July 1988 31 March 1989 26 June 1989 UK/0/122/89 5 July 1988 31 March 1989 26 June 1989 UK/0/117/89 31 August 1988 31 March 1989 26 June 1989 UK/0/113/89 30 September 1988 31 March 1989 6 June 1989
The submission of individual claims for payment of grants is not permitted by the European Commission. The member state must be in receipt of a certain number of 603W claims (usually 20 per cent. of the aid awarded in any one round) before they can be submitted to the Commission. We are now satisfied that an appropriate number of claims has been received to meet the Commission's requirements and payment can be expected shortly.