Wednesday, 20 October 1943
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. 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: 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  suspended. It is not my intention to dissolve the Commission, but the question of what economics can be effected is under review.
Mr. 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?
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