CEISTEANNA—QUESTIONS. ORAL ANSWERS. - ESTABLISHMENT OF AMMUNITION FACTORIES.

asked the Minister for Defence to state what steps he has taken or intends to take, under the powers conferred on him in Section 29, paragraph (b) of the Defence Forces (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1923, to establish factories in the Saorstát for the manufacture of arms and ammunition.

The question of the manufacture of ammunition within the Saorstát has been under consideration. No decision has yet been taken in the matter. The question of the manufacture of arms has not yet been explored.

Arising out of the Minister's answer, is he aware that there are too many arms in this country already, and that we do not need any more?

I am painfully aware of that.