Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Ground Limestone Scheme.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will state (a) the price per ton of ground limestone delivered to farmers' yards under the scheme operated by the Wexford County Committee of Agriculture during the year 1949; (b) the price per ton of ground limestone delivered to farmers in County Wexford subsequent to December, 1949, and after the subsidy was stopped by his Department and up to the availability of Marshall Aid funds in 1951; (c) the year the ground limestone plant came into production at Ballyellin, County Carlow, and (d) the total amount of the subsidy paid by the Wexford County Committee of Agriculture in the year 1949.

Mr. Walsh

(a) A ground limestone distribution scheme was not operated by the County Wexford Committee of Agriculture in the year 1949.

(b) 16/- to 20/- per ton plus cost of transport from the quarry to the farmer's premises.

(c) It is understood that production at Ballyellin commenced about 1943.

(d) The total amount of subsidy paid on ground limestone by the County Wexford Committee of Agriculture in 1949 was £369, being in respect of ground limestone delivered in 1948.