Dáil Éireann - Volume 139 - 16 June, 1953

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Imported Butter.

Mr. Rooney asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will name the main items included in the £162,000 provided under sub-head P of Vote 27 for winter storage and loss on sale of imported butter and state how this amount is calculated.

Minister for Agriculture (Mr. Walsh): I will deal with this matter in the course of the debate on the Estimate for my Department.

Mr. Rooney asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will ascertain from the Butter Marketing Committee or whatever body is responsible (a) the names and number of firms which have contracted to wrap imported butter in 1 lb. packets; (b) the sum per cwt. allowed in respect of such contracts; (c) the total sum paid to such firms since 13th June, 1951, and (d) [1261] how many tons of imported butter were wrapped.

Mr. Walsh: As I informed the Deputy on Wednesday last, 10th June, the information he requires is not available in my Department. The Butter Marketing Committee has no control over this trade either, and I know of no body in a position to furnish the information sought.