I beg to move amendment No. 112:—
Before Section 120 to insert a new section as follows:—
The Minister shall divide the area of Saorstát Eireann by counties into three areas to be known as pig-producing areas; each area shall consist of a number of adjacent counties so grouped that the aggregate number of pigs produced in each area during the three years 1932, 1933 and 1934, shall be approximately one-third of the total number of pigs produced in Saorstát Eireann during the same period.
I think it would be the best arrangement to divide the area of the Free State by counties into three areas and that machinery would be set up for the election of representatives on the Pigs Marketing Board from those areas. The Minister said, on an earlier occasion, that he might have a scheme. Perhaps he has one in mind which would meet the situation. I would be in favour of representation for every part of the country. If it is left to organised pig feeders it could happen that two or three counties in one corner of the country would elect all the representatives of the producers and other parts of the country would have no representation. In certain parts of the country the pig producers are men who feed a limited number of pigs, perhaps two to ten pigs, while in other areas a few farmers would feed quite a large number of animals. I think the fairest way would be to divide it in the manner my amendment suggests.