asked the Minister for Defence whether he is aware that advertisements were published by his Department in the Public Press on the 13th October, 1945, inviting applications from auctioneers for the appointment of an auctioneer in the Dublin district; and if he will state the name of the auctioneer so appointed, the necessity for the appointment, details of the terms of the quotation made by the auctioneer appointed, and the quotations offered by his two nearest competitors.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Appointment of Auctioneer.
I am aware of the advertisements referred to by the Deputy. The auctioneers appointed were Messrs, Stokes & Quirke, 33 Kildare Street, Dublin. The appointment of an auctioneer for a period of six months was necessary in order to avoid the very considerable amount of work and delay which would be involved in inviting applications from all Dublin auctioneers for each individual auction.
As it is not the practice to disclose details of quotations submitted to my Department, I am not prepared to answer that portion of the Deputy's question.