Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Expenditure under Vote for Agriculture.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will state, in respect of the year 1955-56 and the present financial year to date, the amount of the expenditure under each of the items A to L on sub-head M. (9) of Vote No. 27.

As the answer is in the form of a tabular statement I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to have it circulated with the Official Report.

Following are the figures:—

Sub-division

Expenditure for the financial year 1955/56

Expenditure for six months ended 30th Sept., 1956

£

£

A. Salaries, Wages and Allowances

304,383

172,837

B. Travelling Expenses

85,252

40,918

C. Purchase of Machinery, Implements, etc.

12,604

7,156

D. Grants towards purchase of Machinery and Equipment

E. Lime and Fertilisers

217,503

135,881

F. Grants to Farmers

1,226,228

901,780

G. Materials for Drains, Fencing, etc.

25,578

18,148

H. Payments to Contractors

796,340

386,338

I. Advertising and Publicity

2,972

969

J. District Offices and Stores-Rents, etc.

8,834

3,479

K. Miscellaneous Expenses

1,513

627

L. Payments to Office of Public Works

16,090

8,393

Total

2,697,297

1,676,526