Hussey, Thomas

Thursday, 20 October 1977

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 300 No. 7

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Bovine TB.

Research and investigation is continually being carried out by my Department's veterinary officers on all aspects of bovine tuberculosis, including the cause of recurrence of the disease in herds whic...More Button

I am aware that herds which had previously been cleared of the disease developed TB again. There are many causes for this, such as the inward movement of cattle. During the period 1975-76 about 10 m...More Button

I agree with the Deputy. It is very frustrating for the farmers concerned, and indeed it is also very frustrating for my Department who have been trying to improve on the testing and clearance of this...More Button

I am sure the non-testing of animals would be a contributory factor and, as the Deputy knows, no testing has been done for the past two years. I hope the first full round will start early in 1978 and...More Button

Yes. It is hoped that the round will start almost immediately, but I suppose it will probably be January before it is in full swing.More Button

I do not think so. I am sure the delay will be as short as possible.More Button

I am hoping testing will be in full swing early in 1978.More Button

Almost immediately.More Button

I am happy that the regulations are reasonably strengthened.More Button

I have already indicated that research on this matter is a continuing process, and I have outlined in my reply to Deputy Bermingham some of the causes of this recurrence of the disease among herds tha...More Button

I will undertake to continue the investigation that has been going on and to see if any improvements can be made in the research that is being carried out to find the answers to the questions raised b...More Button

I will certainly have the matter investigated and if I find that the research that is there already is not capable of coming to grips with the problem, I will try to have it improved. (Interruptions.)More Button

I agree with the Deputy.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Vegetable Prices.

I do not consider that such an inquiry is warranted and I do not propose to initiate one. There has been a marked improvement in quality and presentation since the EEC standards were introduced here ...More Button

I do not think there is any basis for it.More Button

I will do that.More Button

Presumably the Deputy's question relates to an article which was published in the Journal of Agricultural Economics and discussed at a recent seminar organised by the Irish Housewives' Association. Th...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - EEC Potato Policy.

The draft proposal for a common organisation of the market in potatoes was discussed again by the Council of Ministers at its meeting on 11th October. No agreement was reached and the proposal will n...More Button

The Minister has sought that assurance but I cannot say when a decision will be announced. It is being discussed.More Button

Those matters have been discussed over a long period, as far back as January, 1976, but at that time apparently the member states failed to agree on the original proposals and the Commission decided t...More Button

I think the main view is that some system should be found to stabilise the potato market. Naturally, there is opposition to those proposals from certain countries such as The Netherlands and West Germ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Potato Production.

I am, of course, aware that there is a surplus of potatoes coming on the market this year—as, indeed, there is all over Western Europe following the last two years of tight supplies and high prices—an...More Button

It is fairly certain they will be reopening the plant and that they will be able to take at least 12,000 tons of potatoes. This has been discussed between the IFA, the Irish Potato Marketing Board a...More Button

I will examine the situation in Tuam and if there is any possibility to take some surplus potatoes there it will be done.More Button

I cannot state the price that may be paid by Ceimicí. That will be a matter for negotiation between the producers and the factory. On the implementation of the policy document, that will be done as ...More Button

It is hoped to have it in operation by mid-November.More Button

The Deputy need not have any doubt about Fianna Fáil's policy.More Button

The answer to the Deputy's question is no. Apart from the fact that there are more pressing demands on the limited financial resources available it has to be remembered that potato producers received ...More Button

I agree with the Deputy, but the Deputy will agree that a floor price in this particular year is not the answer to the overall problem.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Skim Milk Powder.

The denaturing formulae prescribed in the EEC Regulations were devised by the EEC Commission having first received expert professional advice and after lengthy consideration. If the Deputy knows of a...More Button

I am sure if there is a formula which can be more economically used we would certainly like to hear about it.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Sheep Industry.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose taking Questions Nos. 8 to 10, inclusive, together. The sheep population as recorded in the June census of 1970, 1972 and 1974 was 4.08 million, 4...More Button

There is absolutely no truth in that.More Button

I am afraid I cannot give the Deputy the answer to that because there is nothing in the question related to the court case.More Button

That matter is constantly under consideration in the Department and I am sure if it is found necessary to adopt that course a decision will be taken at that time.More Button

That is one of the things that will be considered. It is a very hot topic with the Commission at the present time.More Button

Yes.More Button

As I said, this matter is under continuous consideration and I am not now in a position to give the answer.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Farm Modernisation.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Question Nos. 11 to 14, inclusive, together. At the meeting of the EEC Council of Ministers on 19th July I took the opportunity to press f...More Button

I am aware of the undertaking given in the Fianna Fáil policy document but I am not aware that there was no consideration with regard to EEC directives.More Button

They will be introduced in due course.More Button

The special provision allowing for favourable levels of aids to these farmers is valid to 31st December next. It will be my concern to ensure that appropriate provision will continue to be made for t...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Grain Marketing Board.

As this is one of the matters which I am at present considering in the context of a general review of our cereal marketing arrangements, I am not yet in a position to give my final conclusions on it.More Button

As I said, this is one of the matters at present being considered.More Button

The matter is being considered and I am not prepared to commit myself further than that.More Button

In the near future, I hope.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - EEC Milk Levy.

Mountain and hill areas listed pursuant to Art 3 (3) of Directive 75/268/EEC, of which there are none in Ireland, are exempt from the application of the co-responsibility levy on milk.More Button

I am sure the Minister will do that.More Button

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, it is proposed to take Questions Nos. 18 and 19 together. There are no ministerial representatives on the co-responsibility group which was established by t...More Button

I shall certainly bring the points raised by the Deputy to the Minister's notice. A final decision has yet to be taken on the distribution of the fund and until such time as that is done I am not in ...More Button

I could not. I should only be misleading the Deputy if I did.More Button

As far as I know, and I am not at all sure, the money would be spent in the member countries.More Button

I have already indicated that I am not perfectly sure about this. I have tried to answer the question that was put down. These other questions are asked as supplementaries and I have not answers to t...More Button

I would hope so.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - EEC Cheese Imports.

Article 5.3 of Protocol 18 of the Treaty of Accession provides that the exceptional arrangements laid down for the importation of New Zealand cheese into the United Kingdom may not be retained after 3...More Button

I think that is implied in the reply.More Button

I am not in a position to give an assurance on behalf of the Minister.More Button

I will convey the Deputy's comment to the Minister.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Legislative Proposals.

A Dairy Produce (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Bill is already before the House. It is hoped to introduce also a Bill to amend the National Agricultural Advisory Education and Research Authority...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Meat Products.

The Minister is aware that Irish beef canners are experiencing difficulties in the UK market because of an anomaly in the monetary compensatory amounts system. Following representations by the beef c...More Button

I am not in a position to give any time limit as to when the response to the representations will be forthcoming but as the matter is of such great importance I am sure that the Minister will seize ev...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Counselling Service.

Inheritance counselling will be a function of the reorganised agricultural training and advisory service which will result from the amendments to the National Agricultural Advisory, Education and Rese...More Button

There is no time limit but I understand they are being prepared at present.More Button

I would hope so.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Galway Estate.

Proposals for the disposal of these lands are at present being formulated. It is unlikely, however, that the lands can be alloted this year but the aim would be to allocate them early next year.More Button

I am fully aware of the situation in regard to this estate. I have already made representations on behalf of the tenants in that area. The lands were set by public auction and the price being extracte...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Laois Estate.

I understand from the Land Commission that every effort will be made to include these lands in next year's allotment programme.More Button

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