Bruton, John

Thursday, 31 May 1979

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 314 No. 12

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Garda Síochána Bill, 1979: Order for Committee Stage.

They will not be agreed until the debate has concluded.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Fishing Grounds.

The Minister should not be abusive.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Forestry Lands.

They are experts on forestry but are they experts on agriculture also?More Button

Why are they not in the Department of Agriculture then?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Private Afforestation Grants.

Would the Minister have information available to him on how these grants compare with comparable ones in Britain, if they are as good as those available in Britain?More Button

As part of the economic planning in which his Department are engaged has the Minister any target proportion of total forestry in private hands that he would wish to attain in, say, five or ten years?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Meath Mussel Purification Tank.

Is it not the case that the fishermen concerned have been in communication with the Department along these lines?More Button

I have been in correspondence with the Minister on their behalf.More Button

Is the Minister aware that for a purification plant to be viable there has to be a sufficient quantity of mussels? Is he aware that to secure an adequate number of mussels there needs to be reseeding...More Button

Will the Minister have a special look at the problem of reseeding as that is the most important matter?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Aerlód Teoranta Accounts.

asked the Minister for Tourism and Transport why the accounts for 1977 of Aerlód Teoranta were not presented to the House until 3rd April 1979; the date they were submitted to him; the date they were ...More Button

What work was involved in the Minister's Department between October 1978 and March 1979 on those accounts that they could not be presented immediately after they were received?More Button

What has that to do with those accounts?More Button

What was involved in the processing of those particular accounts which took such a length of time?More Button

Why does the Minister not know? Is it not the case that the accounts were presented to the Department and, although the Department are legally obliged to present them to the House, they delayed almos...More Button

What has that to do with the accounts?More Button

There would be no need for it if the Minister knew the answer.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Drogheda Quays Reconstruction.

When was the application received?More Button

Does the Minister expect that it will take two more years to come to a decision?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Telephone Service.

asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the number of old age pensioners who have availed of the telephone rental subsidy since its introduction and who did not have a telephone when the subsidy w...More Button

What number have had their telephones installed? They can hardly avail of the subsidy until the telephones are installed. The Minister said that 6,080 have applied. How many people have actually go...More Button

That is not many when over 6,000 have applied. This means that only one-sixth of the people who have applied have got telephones.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Defence Forces Footwear.

What is the specific purpose for which those Third World boots were purchased? Was it for a different type of walking?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Pensioner's TV Sets.

Would the Minister agree to draw the attention of the health boards, who are responsible for the administration of supplementary welfare allowances, to the potential hardship that could be caused to s...More Button

In view of the fact that the bodies concerned are under the aegis of his Department, would he interest himself in this matter and ask the health boards to bear this fact in mind?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Telephone Rental Waiver.

Approximately what proportion of the total number of subscribers is in the areas where there are manual exchanges?More Button

Would the Minister of State not agree that automatic subscribers should be compensated in some way for the fact that they were precluded from telephoning 20 per cent of the country? They should get a...More Button

These people might want to telephone the west or places where there are manual exchanges and are unable to do so. Yet they are being charged the same rent as if the manual exchanges were working. Th...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Beef Production.

I understand the Minister to say that he expects the beef incentive scheme will be financed 100 per cent by the Community?More Button

Could he give us any idea of the likely criteria that would be applied in this scheme? Would it be on the total herd or on the incremental increase in the herd?More Button

Does the Minister expect that a decision will be taken on the beef cow scheme at the price negotiations?More Button

I hope the Minister will press to have it done.More Button

That is open to dispute.More Button

I dispute that. I did not ask the Minister about that, but if he wishes to engage in a political speech in response to a question he was not asked, it is only reasonable that I be given a chance to r...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Beef Exports.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if he is aware that exports of beef have decreased each month since July 1978 from the corresponding month in the previous year and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Summer Sheep Dipping.

Is the Minister satisfied with the enforcement of the autumn and winter dipping?More Button

Would the Minister agree that it is somewhat anomalous that it should be county councils that have otherwise very little to do with agriculture who are responsible for the enforcement of this regulati...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Livestock Disease Prosecutions.

When would the Minister expect to have the information?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Meat Canning Industry.

asked the Minister for Agriculture the action being taken to eliminate the disadvantages suffered by our canned meat industry because of the operation of the Monetary Compensatory Amounts system.More Button

In view of the decline in the value of the púnt is the Minister pursuing his basic intention of having a revision made in the MCA arrangements?More Button

Is the Minister prepared to undertake to withhold his agreement to the 1979 price package until such time as this matter is resolved?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Agricultural Structural Projects.

asked the Minister for Agriculture the maximum amount Ireland could have drawn from the FEOGA Fund for structural projects in agriculture and the amount which was actually drawn in 1978.More Button

Is there in respect of this fund an overall national allocation at the beginning of each year? Or are applications dealt with on an individual basis, not on a national basis?More Button

No national quota?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Animal Disease Eradication.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will make a statement on the proposal to introduce a levy to finance disease eradication.More Button

How is it proposed to collect this levy?More Button

Is the Minister aware that there is very strong opposition among the farming community to the whole concept of the use of a sales levy for the raising of taxation or the raising of finance for disease...More Button

Is the Minister aware that this levy would have to be paid by farmers whether or not they make a loss on the sale of animals?More Button

And that a tax levied on that basis is intrinsically unjust?More Button

The Minister seems to assume that every cattle seller must necessarily make a profit. Is he aware that certain studies and projections show that in the likely circumstances losses could be made on su...More Button

The Minister is unrealistic.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Noxious Weeds.

asked the Minister for Agriculture the County Councils, if any, which have been prosecuted in the past ten years for the presence of noxious weeds on road verges or other lands in their care and if p...More Button

Is the Minister aware that by far the greatest delinquents as far as noxious weeds are concerned are county councils? It is on waste ground and roadside verges owned by council councils that one find...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Ergot Disease.

asked the Minister for Agriculture the number of outbreaks of ergot disease in recent years and if any improved preventative measures are contemplated.More Button

Is the Minister satisfied with the situation that no record is kept of the incidence of ergot, in view of the fact that it is a disease about which we know very little and which can strike without war...More Button

Is the Minister aware that where it occurs it is a very severe hardship? All the stock might die.More Button

I do not agree. It is quite easy to miss this. Will the Minister make a special effort to publicise the possibility of this disease during this season, in view of the fact that due to lack of bulk f...More Button

We have publicised it here.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Animal Feeds.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if it is intended to introduce controls in relation to animal feeds on sale here to provide greater monitoring, control and information about such matters as digesti...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Agricultural Pesticides.

asked the Minister for Agriculture if it is proposed to introduce a national registration scheme for agricultural pesticides; the number of such pesticides now in use; and if he is satisfied with thei...More Button

Will the appropriate controls be introduced by legislation or by means of an order?More Button

When does the Minister expect to have the proposals considered by the Government?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

asked the Minister for Agriculture why the amounts provided in the 1979 Estimates for the farm retirement scheme have been reduced as against the 1978 provision.More Button

Would the Minister agree that the fact that the amount provided for this scheme has been substantially underspent suggests that there was room for a much larger increase in the rate of pension that wa...More Button

Would the Minister agree that the fact that these pensions have been increased by only two thirds the amount of old age pension increases has been an additional disincentive which it is within the pow...More Button

They are, but they are not being used.More Button


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