HC Deb 07 March 1904 vol 131 cc311-2

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the loss of crops and farm produce generally in consequence of the bad harvest in Ireland; and will he say whether any effort will be made by the Board of Agriculture to introduce new seed into Ireland and assist farmers who may be unable to obtain seeds of a good quality to procure the same on easy terms of repayment.


The Department of Agriculture does not consider it desirable to take the steps suggested. On the 3rd February I stated, in answer to a Question by the hon. Member for North Roscommon,† that having consulted the Local †See (4) Debates, cxxix, 192. Government Board on the subject it was not considered that there were sufficient grounds for introducing legislation with the object mentioned.