Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Bounty on Sheep and Lambs.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if, in view of the fact that the Minister for Finance has announced that when the present financial year closes he will have a very creditable and comfortable surplus in the Exchequer, he will have the bounty on sheep and lambs (exported) restored in time to benefit sheep-breeders the first of whose crop of lambs for the present year will be coming on the market in the immediate future.

It is not proposed to grant a bounty on exported sheep and lambs.

Arising out of the Minister's reply, seeing that we have a very big crop of lambs this year, it will mean that the farmer will get a very bad price. I think that the Minister should make some effort to help them out, as they are all tillage farmers.