HC Deb 22 February 1917 vol 90 c1479W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office, why it is that the Government are so slow about the purchasing of hay in Ireland; and what amount of last year's crop has been purchased and the amount paid for the same in England, Scotland, and Ireland?


My hon. Friend is under a misapprehension in thinking the purchase of hay in Ireland has been slow; we purchased the quantity of the class required, which we had estimated to be obtainable, by the end of October last, and have since bought 25 per cent, more, which was found to be necessary. I am afraid that the figures asked for in the last part of the question are not available without a great deal of research.