Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - EEC Common External Tariff.

Wednesday, 22 March 1972

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 259 No. 14

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Mr. Hogan: Information on Patrick Hogan  Zoom on Patrick Hogan  asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the present rate of the common external tariff of the EEC against (a) the more common industrial imports and (b) mutton and wool.

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  I would refer the Deputy to the English version of the Common External Tariff of the Community, which is in the Library of the House.

Mr. E. Collins: Information on Edward Collins  Zoom on Edward Collins  Is it not a fact that there is no Common Market policy on mutton and lamb? Can the Minister indicate when it is likely that there will be such a policy? This is of prime importance to our farming community.

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  There is a common external tariff of 20 per cent on mutton.

Mr. E. Collins: Information on Edward Collins  Zoom on Edward Collins  Even if we were a member we would not have free access for our mutton and lamb into France?

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  The market is not organised but that does not mean we would not have free access.

Mr. E. Collins: Information on Edward Collins  Zoom on Edward Collins  That point should be fully clarified.

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  I will clarify it if the Deputy wishes.

Mr. Coogan: Information on Fintan Coogan  Zoom on Fintan Coogan  Would the Minister say that it would be in the interest of the sheep farmers of the West, from the point of view of the price of mutton and wool, that we should go into the EEC?

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  The market is not organised but we will have access to it and this is to our advantage.

Mr. Coogan: Information on Fintan Coogan  Zoom on Fintan Coogan  I should like the Minister to say that it will lead to an improvement in the price of wool.

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  Yes, possibly.

Mr. Coogan: Information on Fintan Coogan  Zoom on Fintan Coogan  Will the Minister state that because it is very important to the sheep farmers of the West?

[2128]Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  I will get something on that.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Richard Burke  Zoom on Richard Burke  Would the Minister go further and say that if we do not go in they will be faced with a 20 per cent tariff on these products which would make them non-competitive?

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  That is right.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Richard Burke  Zoom on Richard Burke  Therefore we must go in.

Mr. Tully: Information on James Tully  Zoom on James Tully  Provided they have not got a trade agreement that does not make it necessary——

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  There is no disadvantage except that the market is not organised. There is access for members.


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