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with the grade, together with a payment of 10 per statute acre for every acre of dam retted flax, which has been harvested to the satisfaction of my Ministry. These prices for 1943 and 1944 will be subject to any alteration that may be necessary through statutory changes in wages and charges.

I have been pressed to secure at least 100, 000 acres under flax, and I hope that, in view of the generous terms offered by the Imperial Government and the great need of the fighting services for flax, it will be unnecessary for my Ministry to use its compulsory or directional powers to secure this acreage.

Rev. ROBERT MOORE: Arising out of that answer I would like to ask whether the statement he has made about the £10 per acre payment applies only to dam retted flax? According to the Minister's reply I rather gather that is the case, and I merely want to ask would this £10 per acre be made in the case of green flax that is harvested?

Lord GLENTORAN: No. The announcement I have made is purely for dam retted flax. At a later stage I hope to announce something about green flax.

Mr. BROWN: May I be allowed as one who advocated the payment of £10 per acre for the growing of flax to congratulate the Minister on having secured this concession which will undoubtedly result in the growing of more flax. Will the Minister continue the good work of getting grants of at least 50 per cent. for the repair and modernisation of all scutch mills so as to achieve the aim of securing 100, 000 acres of flax?

Mr. SPEAKER: I think the hon. Member may put down a question on that matter.

Mr. HENDERSON: Can the Minister state whether he has used his influence with the Minister of Supply to see that the flax grown in Northern Ireland is utilised in getting the mills and wheels of industry going in Northern Ireland during the war?

Lord GLENTORAN: My whole object and duty as Minister is to grow flax for war work. I have nothing to do with the disposal of it excepting that it is for the war wherever it is needed. That is

what our ambition in Ulster is-to help the war effort.

Mr. HENDERSON: Do you not think it would save transport if the flax were used in Northern Ireland instead of sending it to the other side of the water and taking up shipping space? We want to keep Ulster workers busy?

Lord GLENTORAN: Yes, but the hon. Member will know that is not my province. My province is to produce. The hon. Member will be glad to bear that only about 15 per cent. of flax was sent across the water last year.

Member Sworn.

The following Member took and subscribed the oath:-Dr. William Lyle (Queen's University).

BILL PRESENTED. Government Loans Bill, "to amend the Government Loans Act, 1939, and to authorise the writing off of a certain sum from the assets of the Government Loans Fund, presented by the Minister of Finance, supported by Major Sinclair, and read a First time; to be read a Second time to-morrow, and to be printed. (Bill 19.)

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

Exchequer and Financial Provisions (No. 2) Bill.

Order for Second Reading read.

Resolved, "That the Bill be now read a Second time."-(Mr. Barbour.)

Bill committed to a Committee of the Whole House for to-morrow.

Ways and Means.

Considered in Committee.

[Sir ROBERT LYNN in the Chair.] Motion made, and Question proposed, That it is expedient to amend the law relating to stamp duty on certain conveyances or transfers operating as voluntary dispositions and to the obligations imposed upon officers having functions with regard to taxes under the care and management of the Ministry of Finance.

 
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