Lemass, Seán F.

Thursday, 12 July 1951

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 126 No. 10

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Order of Business.

It is proposed to take business in the following order: Nos. 2 and 6; then the Estimates—Votes 29 to 37, 50 to 53, with which it may be agreed to take No. 4, a formal motion in relation to sugar impor...More Button

I informed the Deputy yesterday that we proposed to give time for it on Tuesday.More Button

Under Standing Orders, the Government has the responsibility of determining the order in which business is taken.More Button

Yes.More Button

Under Standing Orders, the Government has the responsibility of deciding the order in which business will be taken in the House. For the remainder of the session, the Government has the advantage of ...More Button

There is a multitude of reasons. We think that the proper ordering of public business, the convenience of Deputies who have been led to believe that business would be taken in a particular order, is ...More Button

We do not propose to alter the order in which public business is to be taken.More Button

There is no question of privilege. It is a motion as to whether we should meet on to-morrow or not. Personally, I think the Deputy will be in better form on Tuesday—it is nearer the full.More Button

The full of the moon.More Button

With regard to the suggestion that the Official Report of the Debates has been improperly interfered with, I understand that that is a matter for you, Sir. These reports are in your charge and I am q...More Button

The position, as far as the Government is concerned, is that we have adopted the Order of Business which has been agreed, so far as we know, unanimously by all Parties. We propose to adhere to it. I...More Button

Committee on Finance. - Freshwater Fisheries (Prohibition of Netting) Bill, 1951—Money Resolution.

I move:—More Button

Committee on Finance. - Vote 50—Industry and Commerce.

I move:—More Button

12½ per cent. for fares and 16? per cent. for rates. Even if these increases in rates and fares should bring in the full revenue that the board estimate, it would still leave a deficit of about £1,00...More Button

The Store Street building is the property of the Department of Social Welfare, and they have agreed to lease to Córas Iompair Éireann whatever parts of the building Córas Iompair Éireann require for t...More Button

Only the mezzanine floor and the ground floor and part of the basement, subject to the provision, of course, of entrances and lifts for the staffs that will be using the higher floors.More Button

The Deputy is raising controversial issues which I am anxious to avoid.More Button

Turning now to the question of prices, which is the outstanding question of public interest at the present time and which is also of grave concern to the Government, I think that we must face up to th...More Button

I think that may prove to be the practice, but I do not want to suggest that I have come to a final decision in that regard. The function of the Prices Advisory Body, the most useful function it can ...More Button

The Deputy must not misunderstand me. The Department has full powers to get all the accounts it needs and to require the submission of information necessary to make decisions on matters of that kind.More Button

I refer to the fear that exists in some quarters that information concerning the private business of individual firms may, through this organisation, or because of its operations, be disclosed imprope...More Button

If a position of stability developed and was likely to continue, I do not think it would be desirable to keep that body in existence. I am not sure what the view of those who created it was at that ...More Button

Certainly, they will have adequate funds for the discharge of the work. They will also undertake certain special investigations. Some of these special investigations which have been already entruste...More Button

The Deputy has now put his finger upon the essential difference between the Industrial Development Authority and the Industrial Credit Company. The original idea when the Industrial Credit Company wa...More Button

Not technical research —only research into industrial possibilities.More Button

The survey which is now proceeding which is a survey of the position in respect of existing industries will be undertaken by the officers of the Department. The officers who are doing it will functio...More Button

If the Deputy has in mind the survey of the industrial position now being done by the Industrial Development Authority it will be done by the same officers except that the result of their work will be...More Button

I contemplate it, but I have not yet decided whether it would be practicable.More Button

In a sense that is true, but I think it will be possible to ensure that there will be no considerable overlapping. So far as the examination of industrial proposals put forward by private persons is ...More Button

Responsible to the Minister for Industry and Commerce. The Industrial Credit Company's main activity is confined to underwriting share issues proposed to it by the people directly concerned. As I und...More Button

The Industrial Credit Company? It certainly has not functioned as was originally intended when it was set up.More Button

Turning to electricity, we have at the present time the rather unpleasant necessity of having to enforce the rationing of electricity. The main reason why it is necessary to enforce rationing of elec...More Button

Originally it was suggested to me by the board that a small coal-burning station should be erected at Cork. That idea was approved by me upon the understanding that it was solely for standby purposes...More Button

I hope that the Deputy will not take me as being prejudiced against Cork, but I do not approve of basing our electrical development on imported fuel when native resources can successfully be used. It...More Button

Each proposal had to receive the approval of the Minister and did, in fact, receive it. I am dealing with general policy and I want it to be known that, as far as I am concerned, all future electrical...More Button

I could not answer that.More Button

I will do that.More Button

I think he found himself in the position that he was asked to approve of these proposals on the grounds that they represented the speediest method of increasing generating capacity. Clearly, responsi...More Button

The board's costs have risen considerably this year mainly owing to the high price of coal. That has necessitated the higher prices recently announced. It is very unsatisfactory from the point of vi...More Button

That would be a long history.More Button

Yes. I think I should avail of this opportunity to express praise of the unremitting labours of the E.C.A. team in Ireland. They have faced their tasks here with surprising energy and with an enthus...More Button

No. The Deputy misunderstands me. I do not regard this as curbing the Industrial Development Authority. I am thinking rather of releasing it from work that can be done just as well in the Departmen...More Button

We were stuck with it.More Button

Pure nonsense. There is not a word of truth in that whole statement, not a word of truth.More Button

If these were the facts on which the decision was taken, it is obvious the Government was completely misinformed by somebody.More Button

It is stale history. The accounts of Córas Iompair Éireann were published. They started to lose money in 1948. That is true.More Button

It is a commission to consider their present financial position that we want.More Button

They abandoned Store Street to build another one.More Button

The body was appointed only until the end of the year.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Provision of Oil Tankers.

Proposals for the development of the mercantile marine, including the acquisition of tanker tonnage, are under consideration.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Enforcement of Price Control Orders.

An instruction was given by my predecessor in April, 1951, that prosecutions were not to be undertaken in cases of contraventions of the Fresh Meat (Maximum Prices) Order, 1948, in respect of which a...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Workers' Holidays.

In my view, improvements in the conditions of employment of workers, over and above those prescribed by legislation, can be more satisfactorily arranged by the negotiation of voluntary agreements betw...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Admission to Unions.

The policy of trade unions with regard to the admission of members and the restrictions maintained by some trade unions are matters on which there is a considerable divergence of viewpoint. I have n...More Button

If any case of that kind is brought before me, I will discuss it with the representative of the union concerned, but any proposal that the Government should take power to compel would be so highly con...More Button

I will undertake to discuss anything of that nature which comes to my notice.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Licences for Lorry Owners.

The responsibility for making provision to meet the demand for transport services has been placed by the Transport Act, 1950, on the Board of Córas Iompair Éireann. I am informed by the board that t...More Button

That is another question. So far as South Kerry is concerned, if I had evidence of inadequate transport facilities in any part of it I would look into the matter. The Deputy's proposal goes further t...More Button

You can do away with Córas Iompair Éireann and the Great Northern Railway also.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Coal Supplies.

Talks with the British Government on the subject of coal took place in London on 10th July, and in order to put the results of the discussions in proper perspective I should recall briefly what has ha...More Button

All these representations were made. The British Government made no rejoinder except to admit they were defaulting on their contract and to say they were ashamed.More Button

Yes.More Button

Allocations have not yet been made by the European Committee and consequently I am unable to give that information.More Button

They will probably bring Deputy Dillon with them as he knows all about it. Deputy Dillon rose.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Use of Coal at Portarlington.

Coal has not so far been used for the generation of electricity at the Portarlington station. It is certainly not the policy of the Government that coal should be used in generating stations designed...More Button

The position is that the reserve stock of turf at Portarlington was used up during the period of the trade dispute, which lasted for about six weeks, early in the year. It is more important to replen...More Button

I have made arrangements with Bord na Móna to gather the maximum quantity of turf that can be devoted to this purpose without leaving other industrial users short; to build up a reserve stock at Clons...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Rural Electrification.

I am informed by the Electricity Supply Board that an investigation of the question of supply of electricity to Belmullet and Bangor Erris has been made in conjunction with the general investigation o...More Button

That is rather hitting below the belt, is it not?More Button

I am informed by the Electricity Supply Board that the Achill area has been selected for development under the rural electrification scheme and that it is hoped to commence work there early next year...More Button

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 and 11 together. I am informed by the Electricity Supply Board that a canvass by a local committee of the Laherdane area...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Commission on Youth Unemployment.

I have not yet received the Report of the Commission on Youth Unemployment. I understand, however, that the report may be completed and signed during the present month.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - E.C.A. Technical Assistance Scheme.

It is expected that a delegation consisting of employers' and workers' representatives will travel to the United States in the autumn to study labour relations and industrial productivity under the E....More Button

There will be four employers' representatives and 12 trade unionists.More Button

Committee on Finance. - Vote 50—Industry and Commerce (Resumed).

Samples were sent to America years ago.More Button

Look what happened to him.More Button

There were two stations started before the war, Portarlington and the Liffey.More Button


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