§ Mr. RUSSELL
Owing to the Department having been closed because of the disturbances in the vicinity of Merrion Street, it has been impossible to get a complete answer to my hon. Friend's question. I may, however, say that the danger to the food supply was quickly seen after the outbreak took place, and committees of the citizens, with the Lord Mayor, took active steps to prevent a food famine. Although all the difficulties and the dangers are not quite passed, they are in a fair way of being overcome, and I do not think there is any cause for alarm now.