Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Egg Imports.

Wednesday, 16 April 1986

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 365 No. 5

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Mr. Farrelly: Information on John V. Farrelly  Zoom on John V. Farrelly  asked the Taoiseach the amount of eggs being imported and the percentage of the imports vis-à-vis total egg consumption.

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Mr. Barrett,: Information on Nuala Fennell  Zoom on Nuala Fennell  Dún Laoghaire): In 1985 imports of eggs in shell numbered 160.9 million. This figure represents about 21 per cent of the estimated total consumption of eggs in that year.

Mr. Farrelly: Information on John V. Farrelly  Zoom on John V. Farrelly  Will the Minister accept that this amount of importation should give rise to serious consideration of dumping?

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on John J. Ryan  Zoom on John J. Ryan  That is not a matter for the Taoiseach. It is a matter for the Minister for Agriculture.

Mr. Farrelly: Information on John V. Farrelly  Zoom on John V. Farrelly  The Minister of State has given us the total amount. My information is that 3¼ million eggs per week at a value of £8.37 million are being imported and this is certainly affecting the producers. Recently a number of producers have gone out of business because of this problem.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on John J. Ryan  Zoom on John J. Ryan  The Minister is only responsible for producing the statistical answers, as he has done.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  Could the Minister give us any indication of how much of this egg will be left on the Government's face after this evening?

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on John J. Ryan  Zoom on John J. Ryan  That is out of order.

(Interruptions.)

Mr. J. Leonard: Information on James Leonard  Zoom on James Leonard  Will the Minister check because this is an anomaly which [939] continues year after year. The egg importers are enjoying preferential treatment over the producers here.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on John J. Ryan  Zoom on John J. Ryan  This is not a matter for the Minister. He is producing the statistical figures. Such a question should be addressed to the Minister for Agriculture.

Mr. Barrett: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  (Dún Laoghaire)): If the Deputy wishes to table a question I will answer it.


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