Tobacco Bill, 1934—Money Resolution. - In Committee on Finance.

I move:—

That it is expedient to authorise the payment out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas of any expenses incurred pursuant to the provisions of any Act of the present session to make further and better provision for the regulation and control of the growing of tobacco in Saorstát Eireann and the manufacture and sale of such tobacco, and for divers matters relating to or connected with tobacco whether home-grown or imported.

Would the Minister be able to say how much money is involved?

I do not think there will be much involved except the expenses of the inspectors and other officers to be appointed under the Bill. Apart from the salaries of these officers, the charge on the Exchequer will not be serious.

There will be quite a number of inspectors, and their travelling expenses will have to be paid.

There will be a number of inspectors appointed in relation to the activities of the Department of Agriculture and the Revenue Commissioners. I do not suppose it would be possibe to say yet what the maximum number of inspectors required will be until it is known to what extent this scheme is to be extended. In the present year and with the present acreage I think the existing staff of inspectors will be adequate, but of course the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture will increase with the acreage, and more inspectors will be required.

What is the acreage?

One thousand.

Question put and agreed to.
Resolution reported and agreed to.