Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Pigs and Bacon Commission.

Wednesday, 20 October 1943

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 91 No. 6

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Mr. Hughes: Information on James Hughes  Zoom on James Hughes  asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will state in reference to the Pigs and Bacon Commission (a) the present remuneration and number of its members; (b) the number and cost of clerical assistants; (c) the purpose it now serves, and (d) whether it is his intention to dissolve it.

Dr. Ryan: Information on James Ryan  Zoom on James Ryan  The Pigs and Bacon Commission consists of a chairman with remuneration of £1,000 per annum, and two ordinary members, both civil servants, each of whom receives an allowance of £100 per annum from the funds of the Commission. At present the Commission employs 17 clerical assistants, whose total monthly remuneration is approximately £375. The purpose it serves remains unchanged save that the Commission is now required to fix minimum instead of appointed prices for pigs and its duties in relation to the fixing of production and sales quotas have been [664] suspended. It is not my intention to dissolve the Commission, but the question of what economics can be effected is under review.

Mr. Hughes: Information on James Hughes  Zoom on James Hughes  They have a soft job, the whole of them. Will the Minister say if the inspectorial staff is included?

Dr. Ryan: Information on James Ryan  Zoom on James Ryan  I was not asked for that.

Mr. Hughes: Information on James Hughes  Zoom on James Hughes  That is another extra.

Mr. Dillon: Information on James Matthew Dillon  Zoom on James Matthew Dillon  Is it true that while in theory the sales quota has been suspended, in fact the bacon curers have been required to constitute themselves into a ring to operate a voluntary sales quota, on the threat that if they do not do so the Pigs and Bacon Commission will do it for them?

Dr. Ryan: Information on James Ryan  Zoom on James Ryan  I have been informed that the curers discussed the question of having a voluntary quota.

Mr. Dillon: Information on James Matthew Dillon  Zoom on James Matthew Dillon  And have, in fact, put it into operation.

Dr. Ryan: Information on James Ryan  Zoom on James Ryan  I do not think so in all cases.

Mr. Cosgrave:  Does the Minister think it necessary to have minimum prices fixed?

Dr. Ryan: Information on James Ryan  Zoom on James Ryan  It may be.

Mr. Dillon: Information on James Matthew Dillon  Zoom on James Matthew Dillon  It gives them something to do.

Mr. Hughes: Information on James Hughes  Zoom on James Hughes  Can the Minister give the cost of the inspectorial staff?

Dr. Ryan: Information on James Ryan  Zoom on James Ryan  That is a separate question. If the Deputy asks me I may be able to give it on the Estimate.

Mr. Cosgrave (Junior): Information on Liam Cosgrave  Zoom on Liam Cosgrave  Is that the only function of the Commission now, to fix minimum prices?

Dr. Ryan: Information on James Ryan  Zoom on James Ryan  No, all the other functions remain. I can give two, one dealing with illegal curing and the other with the distribution of bacon amongst retailers.


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