HC Deb 13 January 1916 vol 77 cc1747-8
20. Mr. P. MEEHAN

asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) whether it has been proposed by the Development Commissioners to reduce the Grants for the encouragement of horse-breeding in Ireland; and. if so, to what extent?

Mr. T. W. RUSSELL (Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture,) Ireland

The Development Commissioners proposed in August last that their Grant of £10,000 for horse-breeding in Ireland should be reduced by £5,000. They have within the past week suggested reasons why the Grant should be stopped altogether. Among these reasons is the reduction of the Department's expenditure on horse-breeding from their endowment fund brought about through the shrinkage of Government securities due to the War, which has left the Department a smaller amount available to apply to their schemes.


Have the Grants for horse-breeding been stopped in England?


No; I rather think they have been increased.


Has the right hon. Gentleman made any further representations on the subject since he learnt that they have been increased in England?


Oh, yes; we have been in constant communication about them, because we think it is a most serious thing.