Written Answers. - Western Package Scheme.

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asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will accept that the present grants available under the limited western package do not relate to present day costs; and if he will examine the matter with a view to providing grants that would be realistic.

I assume that the Deputy is referring to grant aid for limited lowland reclamation under the western package. The position is that the amount of the grant aid payable in any particular instance is based on standard national costings. These costings have recently been updated and take effect from 14 March 1986.