§ MR. JOYCE (Limerick)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he will say how many candidates applied for the position of Irish Produce Commissioner in England; how many of the applicants were from Cork; and whether he would ascertain if the exporters of butter in Ireland would, while waiting for legislation, agree to have their places of business registered and subject to inspection by Government officials, and, further, be prepared to show to the inspectors from their books that the various kinds of butters received by them were sent out under their correct designations so that the producers and consumers might be protected from the losses caused to both sections by misrepresentation.
There were twenty candidates for the post of Inspector in connection with Irish agricultural produce in England, and four of these were from Cork. I am afraid that no practical good could come of such an inquiry as is suggested in the latter part of the Question. The matter there referred to is one which, as I understand, will receive the attention of the Committee on the Butter Trade which it is proposed to appoint forthwith.
§ MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)
Is it not a fact that the man appointed had no practical acquaintance with the butter trade?