HC Deb 08 February 1915 vol 69 cc275-6W

asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) if he can state what steps are being taken to facilitate the supply of raw flax and flax seed for Ireland?


The Department fully recognised the importance of procuring flax and flax seed for Ireland. They have been, and are at present, in communication on the subject with the Foreign Office and with various associations and persons in the North of Ireland interested in the flax industry. A considerable quantity of flax seed has already been imported for this year's sowing, and the Department understand that more Russian seed is on its way to Ireland. There appears, however, to be a difficulty in obtaining guarantees of the nature required by the Russian Government in regard to the destination of the consignment, and the Department are in communication with the Foreign Office on this point.