§ MR. LONSDALE
I beg to ask the Vice-President of the Department or Agriculture (Ireland) whether he is now in a position to give an undertaking that in the case of every outbreak of black scab potato disease reported in Ireland all diseased tubers will be destroyed at once and that the growers will receive compensation from funds provided by the Treasury.
§ THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR IRELAND (Mr. T. W. RUSSELL,) Tyrone, S.
The Department have already destroyed all potatoes discovered affected with black scab and they will continue to do so. It does not appear to be necessary to raise the question of compensation, there having been no further outbreak of the disease beyond the two cases dealt with.