§ 30. Mr. FITZPATRICK
asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) if agriculturists in Queen's County find it impossible to procure the ordinary shot-gun cartridges necessary for the protection of their growing crops from the ravages of rooks, wood-pigeons, etc., at the present time, and that local licensed dealers in such ammunition find it impossible to get the necessary supplies; and what steps his Department intend taking in the matter in order that 2088 farmers may receive the necessary supply of shot-gun ammunition for the protection of their crops?
§ Sir THOMAS RUSSELL (Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture, Ireland)
The Department of Agriculture understand that arrangements have been made by which the Ministry of Munitions will authorise manufacturers to make and supply to dealers limited quantities of shot on the dealers undertaking not to sell it except to holders in Ireland of licences to purchase issued by a District Inspector of the Royal Irish Constabulary. Farmers should therefore apply to the Constabulary authorities for licences. If any dealer experiences difficulty in obtaining a supply of shot, the Department, on receiving particulars, will make suitable representation to the Ministry of Munitions.
§ Mr. FLAVIN
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many farmers in the South of Ireland have great difficulty in getting a licence for a gun to protect their crops?
§ Mr. FLAVIN
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that farmers have great difficulty in getting an inspector to recommend them for a licence?
§ Sir T. RUSSELL
That is another question altogether and is one in which I should not like to interfere.