§ MR. JOHN O'CONNOR (Kildare, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland bought a sire horse named Balsamo in England and sold him to an Irish farmer purchaser for sire purposes; if so, what price did the Department pay for the horse and for what amount was he sold; was there a profit made on the transaction; and, if so, will he state whether it 1108 was contemplated, when the Department was created, that it should make a profit out of any business or matter connected with its functions in aid of agricultural development; and will he inquire whether any profits are made by the Department; and, if so, will he take steps to prevent such incidents in the future.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. BRYCE,) Aberdeen, S.
The fact is as stated in the first part of the Question. It is not considered desirable to publish particulars of the prices paid and received by the Department in individual cases. I may, however, state that the Department have made no profit upon transactions in this branch of their work taken as a whole.