§ Mr. MULDOON
asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) the total amount paid to his Department by way of Grant and loan since the establishment of the Development Fund, with the dates upon which and the terms under which such Grants and loans were made, how much has been actually paid, and for what purposes?555W
§ Mr. T. W. RUSSELL
The accompanying tabular statement contains the information desired:—
GRANTS AND LOANS from the Development Fund Commissioners to the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland. Purpose for which made, and Date of First Recommendation. Grant or Loan Recommended. Terms under which made. Dates of Payment. Amounts provided in the Estimate for 1913–11. 1910–11. 1911–12. 1912–13. Total. £ £ £ £ £ Horse-breeding, January, 1911 Grant of £10,000 a year for 5 years To be applied towards the extension of the Department's existing Horse-breeding scheme 4,600 10,000 10,000 24,600 10,000 Fisheries, July, 1911 Grant of £54,250 For the purchase of dredging plant and the dredging of small harbours, the construction of harbours, the development of fishing from motor-boats, and the improvement of oyster fisheries — 4,245 5,690 9,935 29,500 Agricultural Research and Advisory Work, October, 1911 Grant of £5,000 a year Testing of agricultural seeds, investigation of plant diseases, development of the best varieties of cereals, analysis of fertilisers and feeding stuffs, and advice in the suppression of cattle diseases — 2,400 5,000 7,400 5,000 Afforestation, January, 1911 (a) Loan of £25,000 without interest for 30 years (a) For the purchase of areas suitable for afforestation — 500 4,865 5,365 25,000 (b) Grant of £3,000 (b) Grant for the development of areas acquired Tobacco Experiments, October, 1912 Grant of £35,000 covering a period of 10 years* For experiments regarding the production of tobacco on a commercial scale — — — — 2,500 Total. £ 4,600 17,145 25,555 47,300 72,000 * The Development Commissioners have agreed to provide a further Grant of £35,000 for the purposes of a second experiment, provided suitable arrangements can be made.