Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Rural Electrification.

4.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state the number of areas in which rural electrification schemes were completed in each of the years ended March, 1950 to 1959, inclusive.

As the reply 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.

The following is the statement:—

Year ended 31st March

Number of Areas Completed

1950

45

1951

49

1952

49

1953

49

1954

60

1955

75

1956

99

1957

80

1958

60

1959

45

5.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state the number of areas in which rural electrification schemes have yet to be carried out.

I am informed by the Electricity Supply Board that approximately 150 rural areas remained to be developed under the rural electrification scheme at 31st March, 1959. Prior to that date, 648 areas had been developed under the scheme.