Tuesday, 11 July 1933
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. Dillon: asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if, in arriving  at the figure of 11/6 per ton for standard turf delivered free on rail, he segregated (1) the value of turf itself; and (2) the costs of saving and delivery free on rail.
Mr. Derrig: The answer to the question is in the affirmative. It should, however, be explained that there is no obligation on any producer to supply standard peat at the price of 11/6 per ton. In local markets where the producer can deliver standard peat direct to the consumer, he will obviously expect and obtain a much higher figure, but where peat has to bear transport charges on rail or canal, and subsequent charges for delivery to the consumer, a higher price than 11/6 to the producer would, in my opinion, rule out any chance of peat competing successfully with coal.
Mr. Dillon: That is for the turf delivered free on rail. The question is addressed to the Minister for the purpose of ascertaining separately the value of the turf, and the cost of saving and delivering. Has the Minister made an estimate of the cost of saving?
Mr. Dillon: May I ask if the question has been fully understood? The question is to ask the Minister if in arriving at the figure of 11/6 per ton for standard turf delivered free on rail he segregated (1) the value of the turf; and (2) the cost of saving and delivery free on rail.
Mr. Dillon: But did the Minister make separate calculations? The question asked if he made the calculations  and he says he did. If so, I want him to give the House the figures upon which he made the calculation.
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