Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Position of the Railways.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce whether his attention has been directed to the alarming shrinkage in the receipts of the railway undertakings in the Free State as set out in the recent returns; whether, in view of the serious financial position of the railways as disclosed by these figures, he intends to take any steps to assist the railways; if so, will he indicate the nature of the steps he proposes taking.

The whole transport position in the Saorstát is at present under close examination, but it will necessarily be some time before decisions can be taken as to the appropriate action under present circumstances.

Can the Minister anticipate when he will be in a position to give us some information about the problem?

It would be difficult at this time to fix the exact date.

Is the Minister aware that a Committee has been set up in Great Britain to deal with the same subject, and that it is an instruction to that Committee that they shall report before the end of July?

I certainly think that we should be able to give some indication of our intention before the end of July.

Will the Minister give some indication to the House as to his policy on this matter when the Vote for the Department of Industry and Commerce is being dealt with?

I cannot undertake to do that, but it may be possible to do so.