Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Protection of Industry.

Wednesday, 26 April 1972

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 260 No. 7

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Mr. Ryan: Information on Richie Ryan  Zoom on Richie Ryan  asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce what percentage by value of total imports into Ireland from Britain in each of the years 1970, 1971 and 1972 was excluded by orders made to protect Irish industry as provided for under the Anglo-Irish Free Trade Area Agreement.

[981]Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  I take it that the Deputy is referring to the provision in Article 1 (5) of the Anglo-Irish Free Trade Area Agreement which allows the Irish Government in certain cases to exclude a limited number of goods from free trade. This provision was invoked once when, by an order made on 31st December, 1971, the Government increased the rates of duty on knitted outer garments and outer garments of woven or knitted fabric, other than garments of cotton of British origin with effect from 1st January, 1972.

In the years 1970 and 1971 there were, therefore, no imports from Britain excluded by orders made under the agreement. Statistics for 1972 are not yet available.

Dr. FitzGerald: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  What is the position under Article 1 (5) of the agreement where temporary agreement is negotiated enabling us to reintroduce protection on certain items? This was raised in June last year. Has this been sorted out and why is it not covered in the terms of the Minister's reply?

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  In actual fact, a reply to that question was given in the House yesterday to Deputy Donegan, the Shadow Minister for Industry and Commerce.

Dr. FitzGerald: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  But is it not covered by this question and why does the Minister not give the information?

Mr. Lalor: Information on Patrick J. Lalor  Zoom on Patrick J. Lalor  I was not asked for this. This is a question about the percentage value of total imports into Ireland from Britain.

Dr. FitzGerald: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  I do not see the distinction.


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