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Development Fund (Grants In Ireland)

Volume 52: debated on Thursday 24 April 1913

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asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) the total amount paid to his Department by way of Grant and loan since the establishment of the Development Fund, with the dates upon which and the terms under which such Grants and loans were made, how much has been actually paid, and for what purposes?

The accompanying tabular statement contains the information desired:—

GRANTS AND LOANS from the Development Fund Commissioners to the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland.
Purpose for which made, and Date of First Recommendation.Grant or Loan Recommended.Terms under which made.Dates of Payment.Amounts provided in the Estimate for 1913–11.
Horse-breeding, January, 1911Grant of £10,000 a year for 5 yearsTo be applied towards the extension of the Department's existing Horse-breeding scheme4,60010,00010,00024,60010,000
Fisheries, July, 1911Grant of £54,250For the purchase of dredging plant and the dredging of small harbours, the construction of harbours, the development of fishing from motor-boats, and the improvement of oyster fisheries4,2455,6909,93529,500
Agricultural Research and Advisory Work, October, 1911Grant of £5,000 a yearTesting of agricultural seeds, investigation of plant diseases, development of the best varieties of cereals, analysis of fertilisers and feeding stuffs, and advice in the suppression of cattle diseases2,4005,0007,4005,000
Afforestation, January, 1911(a) Loan of £25,000 without interest for 30 years(a) For the purchase of areas suitable for afforestation5004,8655,36525,000
(b) Grant of £3,000(b) Grant for the development of areas acquired
Tobacco Experiments, October, 1912Grant of £35,000 covering a period of 10 years*For experiments regarding the production of tobacco on a commercial scale2,500
* The Development Commissioners have agreed to provide a further Grant of £35,000 for the purposes of a second experiment, provided suitable arrangements can be made.