Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Free State Imports and Exports.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state the total (1) quantity and (2) value of the imports from the Free State to Great Britain and Northern Ireland of (1) bacon, (2) hams, (3) fresh pork, (4) live poultry, (5) dead poultry, (6) cattle, (7) sheep and lambs, (8) pigs, (9) butter, (10) eggs, (11) potatoes, (12) horses, and the amount of the bounties on exports paid under each of these headings for the year ended the 31st December, 1932.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state the total (1) quantity and (2) value of the imports from the Free State to Great Britain and Northern Ireland of (1) bacon, (2) hams, (3) fresh pork, (4) live poultry, (5) dead poultry, (6) cattle, (7) sheep and lambs, (8) pigs, (9) butter, (10) eggs, (11) potatoes, (12) horses, and the amount of the bounties on exports paid under each of these headings for the year ended the 31st December, 1933.

Dr. Ryan

I propose to reply to these two questions together. The information sought by the Deputy as to the total quantity and value of the exports to Great Britain and Northern Ireland of the commodities mentioned will be circulated with the Official Report. That part of the questions relating to the amount of the bounties on these exports should be addressed to the Minister for Agriculture.

Following is the information:—

SAORSTÁT EIREANN.

EXPORTS OF CERTAIN COMMODITIES TO GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND DURING THE YEAR 1932.

ARTICLE

Unit of Quantity

GREAT BRITAIN

NORTHERN IRELAND

Quantity

Value

Quantity

Value

£

£

Cattle

No.

566,376

7,894,624

78,300

844,152

Sheep and lambs

,,

403,303

598,287

28,387

33,158

Pigs

No.

215,267

900,030

87,967

82,809

Poultry, alive

,,

431,722

68,465

274,984

27,058

Poultry, dead

cwt.

94,760

478,770

7,055

32,923

Horses

No.

3,869

1,096,303

2,502

82,405

Bacon

cwt.

191,416

612,826

10,078

34,332

Hams

,,

8,983

38,003

4,212

13,610

Fresh Pork

,,

145,160

394,965

117,040

277,633

Butter

,,

264,466

1,232,195

46,131

217,673

Eggs in shell

Gt. Hnd.

3,488,981

1,508,983

390,706

163,169

Potatoes, table

cwt.

349,046

105,029

154,959

45,064

EXPORTS OF CERTAIN COMMODITIES TO GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND DURING THE YEAR 1933.

DESCRIPTION

Unit of Quantity

GREAT BRITAIN

NORTHERN IRELAND

Quantity

Value

Quantity

Value

£

£

Cattle

No.

518,286

5,483,984

64,444

500,248

Sheep and Lambs

,,

291,782

294,400

24,760

24,108

Pigs

,,

52,801

207,757

90,505

102,645

Poultry, alive

,,

176,396

23,731

92,522

7,654

Poultry, dead

Cwt.

97,726

367,398

7,161

17,745

Horses

No.

2,967

566,992

1,831

59,982

Bacon

Cwt.

188,205

558,181

17,456

52,132

Hams

,,

12,667

45,470

9,376

27,565

Fresh Pork

,,

114,300

299,103

79,420

184,229

Butter

,,

316,902

896,798

59,781

173,623

Eggs in shell

Gt. hund.

2,873,446

886,146

536,582

175,323

Potatoes, table

Cwt.

171,866

18,946

20,335

1,901

DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE

(Statistics Branch),

LOWER CASTLE YARD (SOUTH), DUBLIN.

Does the Minister suggest that I shall have to put down this question again next week, addressed to him?

Dr. Ryan

I am now speaking for the Minister for Industry and Commerce. The question should be addressed to the Minister for Agriculture.

Are the Ministries in such watertight compartments that this question cannot be passed from one to the other, and is that an explanation of the economic confusion into which the country has been driven?