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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Tillage Crop Prices.

Wednesday, 26 January 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 220 No. 2

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Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries the reason for the delay in announcing prices for 1966 tillage crops; and when he intends to do so.

[207]Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries (Mr. Haughey): Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey I hope to make an announcement in this matter almost immediately.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange Can the Minister give us any information as to whether there will be an increase in price? Wheat acreage has fallen by over 200,000 acres in the past ten years. Oat growing has fallen by over 200,000 acres and there has been a 10 per cent drop in the amount of beet sown in the past year. Will the Minister give any information now that he will give the farmers a just and a fair price so that they can increase production in the years ahead?

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey The Deputy will have to await my announcement.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange Will the announcement be made in this House or at a meeting of the Fianna Fáil Party?

Mr. Norton: Information on Patrick Norton Zoom on Patrick Norton At a dinner.

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange It will have the same effect. If it is, it will have a bad effect, as has been the case for the past ten years in regard to tillage.

Mr. Smith: Information on Patrick Smith Zoom on Patrick Smith What about some of the Germans who came over here and purchased land?

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange I have as good a farm as I ever had—and I was not kicked out of my Party, as Deputy Smith was.

A Deputy: Deputy L'Estrange never had a Party.

Mr. Dillon: Information on James Matthew Dillon Zoom on James Matthew Dillon Is the Minister aware that his colleague, the Minister for External Affairs, is on record as expressing the view that a Minister for Agriculture who fails to announce the price of wheat before 1st November is betraying the tillage industry of this country? If not, perhaps the Minister for Agriculture would consult the Minister for External Affairs as to what has made him change his mind.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey The Minister for External Affairs and I discuss these matters very frequently.

[208]Mr. Dillon: Information on James Matthew Dillon Zoom on James Matthew Dillon I thought the Minister for Agriculture might have been discussing Vietnam with the Minister for External Affairs.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey I always value my discussions with the Minister for External Affairs.

Mr. Dillon: Information on James Matthew Dillon Zoom on James Matthew Dillon On Vietnam or on wheat?


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