Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Free Fuel Scheme.

10.

Mr. Ryan

asked the Minister for Social Welfare the estimated cost of continuing the free fuel scheme until the 15th day of May in each year; and if he will have arrangements made to so continue the scheme in each year.

The additional cost to the Exchequer of extending the cheap fuel scheme from 31st March to the 15th day of May is estimated at £35,500.

It is not proposed to extend the period of operation of the scheme.