CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - GREAT SOUTHERN RAILWAY EMPLOYEES.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he can state the number of employees (of all grades) in the service of the Great Southern Railways Company on January 1st, 1925, the number employed on full time on September 30th, 1925, and the number working short time on that date; how many employees have so far been rendered redundant as a result of the operation of the Railways Act, 1924, to what grades they belong, and by what companies they were employed previous to January 1st, 1925, and also whether compensation has been paid in accordance with the terms laid down in the Third Schedule of the Act.

I am not at present in a position to give the information asked for by the Deputy. The Company has been asked to supply particulars, and if he will repeat the question in a week I hope to be able to give an answer.

Is the Minister aware that I asked a similar question on the 6th May last, and that he promised the information would be supplied in a reasonable time, and I have not got it yet?

The Deputy is now asking me for information which I could not give on the 6th May last. I could give it only to date. These questions are questions really that should be addressed to the company and not to me. I have simply to do the third party between the Deputy and the company.

Can the Minister give us the information promised on 6th May and that was not supplied to me as promised?

I presume the answer was that if the Deputy would repeat the question attention would be given to it.

If not, surely the Deputy has his remedy at hand in asking a second question.

I was expecting you to fulfil your promise. I was expecting to get the information.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if the claim of William Howe, Johnstown, Straffan, Co. Kildare, for unemployment insurance benefit has been investigated as promised; and whether he is aware that the man has not received any money.

As indicated in my reply to the Deputy's question addressed to me on the 26th March last on this subject it was necessary to make certain investigations regarding a payment alleged to have been made to Mr. Howe on the 11th July, 1924. The enquiries necessarily took some time and rendered an early settlement of the matter difficult, but they have now been completed, and payment of the amount of benefit due to Mr. Howe will be made within the next few days.