Written Answers. - Food Imports.

Tuesday, 18 February 1992

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 415 No. 8

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  365.  Mr. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   if he will outline the total value of food imports for each of the years 1985 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  Following are details, obtained from information supplied by the Central Statistics Office, of food imports in the period 1985 to date with percentage changes for the years 1986 to 1990:

[2155][2156]1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 (Jan.-Aug.)
£m £m £m £m £m £m £m
688.9 697.2 700.9 739.7 793.5 805.6 586.4
+1.2% +0.5% +5.5% +7.2% +1.5%

When account is taken of cost increases, the growth in imports which these figures show is modest and is to be expected given the freer trading conditions to which the arrangements for completion of the Internal Community Market are giving rise and the fact that, for climatic reasons, some foodstuffs being demanded by Irish consumers cannot be produced here. What is more important however, is the fact that the food and drink sector in general continues to produce a positive trade balance. In 1990, the last year for which complete figures are available, this was of the order of £1.7 billion.

  367.  Mr. Creed  Information on Michael Creed  Zoom on Michael Creed   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   if he will outline the grants paid in 1991 to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  This applicant was paid the following grants in 1991:

Scheme Amount Paid Date Paid
£
1990 Beef Premium 209.76 25/03/1991
1990 Ewe Premium (Final Instalment) 1,214.14 19/04/1991
1991 Ewe Premium (First Instalment) 1,345.43 20/10/1991
1991 Ewe Premium (Second Instalment) 902.99 7/11/1991
1991 Sheep Headage 1,301.50 3/12/1991
1991 Beef Cow 1,632.00 31/12/1991
1991 Suckler Cow Premium 1,730.80 31/12/1991

  368.  Mr. Sheehan  Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment of her cattle headage grant.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  Payment due to this applicant under the 1991 cattle and equines headage scheme is being processed at present and will be made shortly. She has already been paid her grants under the 1991 special beef premium scheme.

  369.  Mr. Sheehan  Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment of his beef premium grant.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The person named has been deemed ineligible for grants under the 1991 special male beef premium scheme as he listed a female animal on his application form.

  370.  Mr. Sheehan  Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment of a (1) suckler cow grant, (2) beef premium grant and (3) beef cow grant.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  The applicant has already been paid his grants under the 1991 beef cow and equines headage scheme. His application under the suckler cow premium scheme is being processed at present and if found in order will be made shortly.

  371.  Mr. Sheehan  Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment of his suckler cow grant due to applicants under the 12,800 gallons scheme.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  My Department are unable to [2157] trace any applications from the person named under the 1990 or 1991 suckler cow schemes for small scale milk producers with quotas of less than 12,819 gallons.

  372.  Mr. Sheehan  Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment of (1) suckler cow, (2) beef premium and (3) cattle headage grants.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  Payments due to this applicant under the 1991 cattle and equines headage, suckler cow and special beef premium schemes are bring processed at present and if found in order will be made shortly.

  373.  Mr. Sheehan  Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment of his beef premium grant.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  Payment due to this applicant under the 1991 special beef premium scheme is being processed at present and if found in order will be made shortly.

  374.  Mr. Sheehan  Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive payment of his beef premium grant.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  Payment due to this applicant under the 1991 special beef premium scheme is being processed at present and if found in order will be made shortly.

  375.  Mr. Crowley  Information on Frank Crowley  Zoom on Frank Crowley   asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food  Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh   whether a TB reactor grant has been approved for a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if so, when payment will issue.

Minister for Agriculture and Food (Mr. Walsh): Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  I have been informed by the Director of ERAD that payment of TB [2158] reactor grants to the person named has not been approved pending the result of an investigation into the herd in question.


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