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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Food Imports.

Wednesday, 28 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 462 No. 3

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 1. Mr. D. Wallace Information on Dan Wallace Zoom on Dan Wallace  asked the Taoiseach Information on John Bruton Zoom on John Bruton  the total value of food imports during 1995; the five main products and their total values during this period; and the five main countries supplying food imports. [4354/96]

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Mr. J. Higgins): Information on Jim Higgins Zoom on Jim Higgins The most recent month for which the information is available is September 1995. I will, therefore, give statistics for the nine month period January-September 1995. The total value of food imports in the period was £823.4 million. The five main food categories imported were:

  £ million
vegetables and fruit 208.0
cereals and cereal preparations 182.9
meat and meat preparations 99.6
dairy products 96.7
coffee, tea, cocoa, spices and manufactures thereof 86.2

The five main countries from which food products were imported were:

  £ million
Great Britain 387.6
Northern Ireland 118.2
Netherlands 57.9
France 49.6
Spain 21.4

Overall, approximately 10 per cent of trade is unclassified by commodity. The unclassified trade includes intra-EU estimates, low value transactions and [691] some parcel post and Shannon Free Airport trade.

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