Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Potato Prices.

asked the Taoiseach if he will indicate the retail price of potatoes per stone in Cork City on the 1st May in each of the years 1936 to 1938 and 1946 to 1950, inclusive.

Retail prices are obtained at the cost-of-living inquiries at the middle of each of the months February, May, August and November only and, accordingly, are not available for the 1st May. The average retail prices per stone of potatoes in Cork City at the Monday nearest mid-May in each of the years 1936 to 1938 and 1946 to 1949, inclusive, were:—

Year.

s.

d.

1936

0

10

1937

0

10

1938

0

1946

1

10¼

1947

1

10¾

1948

2

4

1949

1

asked the Taoiseach if he will state the retail price of ware potatoes in the County Borough of Dublin during the first week in May in each of the years 1937, 1938, 1939, 1948, 1949 and 1950.

Retail prices are obtained at the cost-of-living inquiries at the middle of each of the months February, May, August and November only and, accordingly, are not available for the first week in May. The average retail prices per stone of ware potatoes in the County Borough of Dublin at the Monday nearest mid-May in each of the years 1937, 1938, 1939, 1948 and 1949 were:—

Year

s.

d.

1937

1

1938

0

10

1939

1

3

1948

2

4

1949

1

5

asked the Taoiseach if he will state the retail price of ware potatoes in the City of Limerick in the first weeks of May in the years 1937, 1938, 1939, 1948, 1949 and 1950.

Retail prices are obtained at the cost-of-living inquiries at the middle of each of the months February, May, August and November only and, accordingly, are not available for the first weeks of May. The average retail prices per stone of ware potatoes in the City of Limerick at the Monday nearest mid-May in each of the years 1937, 1938, 1939, 1948 and 1949 were:—

Year

s.

d.

1937

1

1938

0

1939

1

1948

2

4

1949

1

Could the Parliamentary Secretary say how, in view of the answers which he has just given to these questions, the Government could make the claim that they are keeping the cost of living under constant supervision when they do not know what the price of potatoes is to-day?

2/3 a stone in the producer-consumer market, if the Deputy will stretch his legs to go there.

Is it not a pity the Parliamentary Secretary did not stretch his legs to go to the Department of Agriculture and get the information?