HC Deb 19 February 1917 vol 90 cc989-90W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether the English Department of Agriculture got a Treasury Grant to purchase motor tractors; if so, what was the amount; was a similar Grant applied for and granted to the Irish Department; and, if so, what amount; and how many motor tractors have been secured so far by the English, Scottish, and Irish Departments respectively?


The amount placed at the disposal of the Department of Agriculture in connection with the Food Production scheme for the period ending 31st prox., in respect of loans for the purchase of farm implements and machinery, including motor tractors and ploughs, is £70,000. About sixty motor tractors and ploughs are at present at work in Ireland, while orders for 200 more have been, placed. For information as regards England and Scotland, I must refer the hon. Member to the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Secretary for Scotland.