HC Deb 10 March 1915 vol 70 cc1405-6

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware of the high prices of seeds of all kinds in Ireland owing to the War and the difficulties which confront farmers, and especially small farmers, in this connec- tion at the coming spring setting of their crops; and whether he intends, by legislation or in any other way, to provide relief?


The Department do not consider that any action beyond seeing that the seeds supplied to farmers are of good quality is necessary. Information is furnished through the various agricultural instructors as to persons having good seed of cereals for sale. All other seeds are plentiful, and although in some cases, they are dearer in price, this rise is, as a rule, not more than proportionate to the general rise in the prices of agricultural produce.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether, in view of the great discontent in county Clare with respect to the action of the inspectors, he will publish the general instructions given to inspectors, so that the public may be able to control their action and see whether they conform to the law?


I will see if any further action can be taken.