Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Economics Development Programmes.

Wednesday, 13 December 1972

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 264 No. 7

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Mr. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries the consultations entered into in relation to the agricultural content of the Fourth [1438] Programme for Economic and Social Development; and when a final report on the Third Programme is likely to be presented.

Mr. Fahey: Information on John Fahey  Zoom on John Fahey  The agricultural content of the Fourth Programme will relate mainly to the changes necessary to adapt our agricultural policy to the common policies of the EEC and in this context close consultation has been maintained with agricultural and other interested organisations. This consultation is continuing.

It is expected that the final review of the Third Programme will be published within a few months.

Mr. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the Third Programme will expire on the 31st December? Can he state whether there will be a further programme to take over from then on? Also, if there is to be any delay, what is the reason for such delay?

Mr. Fahey: Information on John Fahey  Zoom on John Fahey  The production of a programme such as this is of the utmost importance. Because of our entry to the EEC and the changes that will result from that, it is necessary to have consultations not only with the farming organisations and other bodies but also between the parties concerned. There are various other Departments concerned also but I can assure the Deputy there is no unavoidable delay.

Mr. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  Have the Department not had since May last to have these consultations? The programme should be out now if it is to be operative from the 1st January?

Mr. Fahey: Information on John Fahey  Zoom on John Fahey  The publication of the programme is a matter for the Department of Finance. I am merely indicating to the Deputy some of the difficulties involved in drawing up a programme of this nature.

Mr. Tully: Information on James Tully  Zoom on James Tully  Instead of talking of getting out the Fourth Programme, the Parliamentary Secretary should have said “getting out of the Third Programme”.

Mr. Fahey: Information on John Fahey  Zoom on John Fahey  We wish to ensure that there will be a proper programme.

[1439]Mr. Clinton: Information on Mark A. Clinton  Zoom on Mark A. Clinton  The last two have been complete failures.


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