Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Assistance for Escallop Fisheries.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if, in view of the difficulties under which the industry is carried on, and having regard to the low prices at present available, he will assist the escallop fisheries of the south-west coast by granting them a bounty equivalent to the full import duties at present levied on the trade by Britain—as is granted in the case of periwinkles exported under similar conditions.

Dr. Ryan

I am not prepared to agree to any modification in the rate of bounty payable on consignments of escallops sent to British markets in the period ending 31st March next. If, however, it should be decided to grant a bounty in respect of the 1937-38 season, I shall have all the relevant circumstances carefully reviewed before a rate is fixed for that season.