Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Bakery Trade.

Tuesday, 28 February 1989

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 387 No. 7

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Mr. Deasy: Information on Austin Deasy  Zoom on Austin Deasy  asked the Taoiseach the number of persons employed in the bakery trade; and if he will give a breakdown of the figures into the different sectors.

Mr. V. Brady: Information on Vincent Brady  Zoom on Vincent Brady  The number of persons engaged in the bread, biscuit and flour confectionery industry was estimated to be 6,700 in mid-September 1988, the latest date for which information is available from the quarterly industrial inquiry [1593] conducted by the Central Statistics Office. This is the most detailed sectoral level within industry for which employment data are compiled.

Mr. Deasy: Information on Austin Deasy  Zoom on Austin Deasy  Could the Minister not give us more up to date figures on the employment situation in the bakery trade?

Mr. V. Brady: Information on Vincent Brady  Zoom on Vincent Brady  I have done that. I have indicated the number of persons engaged in the bread, biscuit and flour confectionery industry as being estimated at 6,700 in Mid-September of 1988.

Mr. Birmingham: Information on George. M. Birmingham  Zoom on George. M. Birmingham  How many will there be in September 1989?

Mr. V. Brady: Information on Vincent Brady  Zoom on Vincent Brady  Further information will be available later this year, again based on an annual census.

A Deputy:  Ask Ben Dunne.

Mr. Dukes: Information on Alan M. Dukes  Zoom on Alan M. Dukes  Is the Minister happy with the manner in which the Minister for Industry and Commerce is dealing with this matter?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  That does not arise now.

Mr. Deasy: Information on Austin Deasy  Zoom on Austin Deasy  Is he happy that approximately 1,000 jobs are at stake. As a trade unionist himself, the Ceann Comhairle should be very concerned.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The subject matter of this question is essentially statistical.

Mr. Deasy: Information on Austin Deasy  Zoom on Austin Deasy  Out of date statistics.

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Mr. Deasy: Information on Austin Deasy  Zoom on Austin Deasy  asked the Taoiseach the percentage of (a) home produced and (b) imported flour used in the production of bread and confectionery in this country.

Mr. V. Brady: Information on Vincent Brady  Zoom on Vincent Brady  Information from the annual census of industrial production shows that the proportion of the value of all materials used in the bread, biscuit and flour confectionery industry which [1594] was home produced was 82 per cent in 1985 and 84 per cent in 1986.

The distinction between home produced and imported is not made at the level of individual materials used. The precise information requested by the Deputy is, therefore, not available.

Mr. Deasy: Information on Austin Deasy  Zoom on Austin Deasy  Is it possible that the information I requested could be made available as it is a major contributing factor in the present bread war where cheap imported flour is being used to oust bakers using Irish flour?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Deputy is adverting to the subject matter.

Mr. Deasy: Information on Austin Deasy  Zoom on Austin Deasy  Will the figures I am seeking be provided and, if so, when?

Mr. V. Brady: Information on Vincent Brady  Zoom on Vincent Brady  As I indicated, no distinction is made in the figures in regard to the materials. The question related to total materials used and this showed that the portion of all home produced materials was 82 per cent in 1985 and 84 per cent in 1986. There is no additional information available.


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