Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Bovine T.B.

asked the Minister for Agriculture what steps it is proposed to take to expedite the eradication of bovine T.B.; what further areas are to be included in the scheme and the proposed dates of inclusion; and when it is anticipated that the entire country will be cleared.

I hope to be in a position to make an announcement in the matter during the coming week.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will state, in respect of the year 1955-56 and the present financial year to date, the total expenditure under the bovine T.B. eradication scheme, and the amount attributable to (a) grants for the erection and improvement of byres, and (b) grants for the extension of water supplies.

As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to circulate it with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:—

BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS ERADICATION SCHEME.

Total expenditure in respect of the years mentioned and the amount attributable to (a) grants for the erection and improvement of byres, and (b) grants for the extension of water supplies.

Year

Total expenditure

Expenditure on grants for

(a)byres

(b)water supplies

£

£

1955/56

321,362

40,751

Nil

1956/57

186,790

56,665

Nil

(to 30 Sept., 1956)

The expenditure shown in respect of byre grants refers only to the supplementary grant payable under the Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Scheme and does not include the normal grant payable under the Farm Buildings Scheme.