HC Deb 29 June 1904 vol 137 c22
MR. MURPHY (Kerry, E.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland what is the annual amount paid to the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society by the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction; and what was the amount of the last payment, and to whom was it made.


No fixed annual grant is paid. The Department occasionally utilises the services of some of the Society's officers who have expert-qualifications in such subjects as egg packing, poultry rearing, fruit growing, and bee keeping; and they also use the services of two of the Society's organisers in connection with the organisation of Agricultural Banks. The total amount paid by the Department to the Society in this connection in the year ended 31 at March last, was £4,262 3s. 6d. The last payment, one of £100, was made on the 18th instant.


Having regard to the fact that this organisation is competing: unfairly with similar organizations—


Order, order! The Question on the Paper has been fully answered, and the hon. Member is now seeking to raise an entirely fresh point.