Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Heifer Purchase Scheme.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will state how many persons have received Government loans for the purchase of heifers under the Heifer Purchasing Scheme; how many animals have been purchased in each county with the aid of such loans; what is the total amount so far advanced, and what has been the cost to date of administering this scheme including the inspectors' travelling expenses and allowances.

The following are the particulars asked for:—

1,249 persons, have received loans under the scheme in question.

The number of animals purchased under the scheme in each county are as follows:—

Cork

657

Clare

45

Cavan

32

Carlow

14

Dublin

12

Donegal

8

Galway

58

Kilkenny

150

Kerry

101

Kildare

98

Limerick

239

Leix

54

Leitrim

34

Louth

43

Longford

110

Meath

147

Monaghan

32

Mayo

11

Offaly

62

Roscommon

32

Sligo

24

Tipperary

195

Waterford

46

Wexford

134

Wicklow

30

Westmeath

58

That is a total of 2,426.

The total amount advanced was £24,920 11s. 8d. The approximate cost of administering the scheme was £2,400.