Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Netting-Twine Scarcity.

asked the Minister for Supplies whether he is aware of the great scarcity of twine for mounting and mending fishing nets and the consequent hardship on fishermen who are unable to equip themselves for carrying on their work; what steps he has taken with a view to securing supplies of hemp or alternative twine so as to relieve, this situation, and what has been the result of the steps (if any) he has taken.

I am aware of the difficulties which fishermen are experiencing in obtaining supplies of netting-twine. I would refer the Deputy to the reply which I gave on the 9th December, 1942, to similar questions. The position has not altered materially since that date. I am doing everything possible to bring to a successful conclusion the negotiations which are at present in progress with the British authorities with a view to securing supplies of cotton netting and cotton twine for fishermen.

Am I to take it then that actually negotiations are taking place at the present moment?

When were they commenced?

Some months ago.

As a continuation of the original negotiations?