HC Deb 28 June 1905 vol 148 cc383-4

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will state the acreage under flax in Ulster at the time of the establishment of the Board of Agriculture in Ireland and the acreage now; and whether he will consider the question of issuing a special Report on the subject.


The Department was established in 1900. The area under flax in Ulster in 1899 was 34,596 acres, and in 1904,44,027 acres. Articles on the flax-growing industry, and on the results of the Department's annual experiments, have appeared from time to time in the Department's Journal, and have also been largely distributed in leaflet form. I am considering the question of the necessity of issuing a special Report.