Acting Prime Minister Charles Abel however says various court cases have stopped the Government from doing so.
Abel said it’s a very complex issue and would like some of the court issues settled quickly so that the money is released.
He said numerous court issues have stalled clan vetting, which once completed, will finally see all landowners being paid their royalties.
“We’re committed to pay that money. We were ready to pay. It’s the issues amongst the landowners,” he said.