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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Subsidies on Exports of Dairy Produce.

Tuesday, 8 February 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 220 No. 7

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Mr. P. Hogan: Information on Patrick Hogan Zoom on Patrick Hogan (South Tipperary) asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries the subsidy costs, where applicable, over the past decade of annual exports of (a) milk (b) butter (c) cream (d) powdered milk (e) condensed milk (f) chocolate crumb (g) cheese and (h) butter (i) to the United Kingdom and (ii) elsewhere.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey Zoom on Charles J. Haughey As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to circulate it with the Official Report.

Following is the statement:—

[967][968] Export Subsidy
Product 1955-56 1956-57 1957-58 1958-59 1959-60 1960-61 1961-62 1962-63 1963-64 1964-65
  £ £ £ £ £ £ £ £ £ £
(i) Exports to Britain and Northern Ireland 11,761 235,449 2,998,790 2,431,599 12,349 2,787,798 2,130,686 1,082,414 2,098,137 1,748,260
(ii) Exports elsewhere 19,895 64,651 2,108 95,693 622,310 725,626 198,751
Cream 18,126 34,311 80,040 95,270 70,122
Powdered Milk 30,291 376,825 657,074 988,585 675,305
Chocolate Crumb 197,729 338,619 597,440 562,163 671,304
Cheese 23,609 207,583 377,316 513,420 154,433


Records of export subsidies are kept on the basis of financial years only. In the case of butter the figures relate to sales on the export market and not to quantities actually exported in the particular financial year. In the case of other products the figures include unpaid balances of subsidy on exports in earlier years. The 1964/65 figures for non-butter products relate to subsidy payments on account only and are subject to finalisation.

No subsidy has been paid in respect of exports of milk or condensed milk.

Of the total subsidies set out £17,507,948 has been paid by the Exchequer and the balance from the proceeds of levies on creamery butter and milk.

In addition a milk production allowance of Id. per gallon from 1st June, 1962 to 30th April, 1963, of 2d. per gallon from 1st May, 1963 to 30th April, 1964, and of 4d. per gallon from 1st May, 1964 to date has been paid from the Exchequer to creameries on all milk received for processing.

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