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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 26 Mar 1969

Vol. 239 No. 7

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Trade with Britain.


asked the Taoiseach the total exports and imports from Britain during 1968.

Imports from Great Britain in 1968 were valued at £227.6 million and total exports to Great Britain were valued at £187.8 million.

Does that include imports and exports to the Six Counties?

It certainly must. It is total exports.

So we have now come to recognise the Six Counties as part of Britain.

I have not got it stated here, but I can only assume that this is how it appears from the Statistical Abstract.

In view of the fact that we have a large adverse trade balance with Britain, that Britain's exports to this country are increasing and that we have combines now purchasing supermarts and selling British produce that could be produced here, would the Taoiseach consider not proceeding any further, for the protection of our own industrialists and our own workers, with the ten per cent reduction in tariffs? Further, does the Taoiseach not agree that, if we proceed any further with this reduction in tariffs, this country will be flooded with British produce, produce that could be produced at home, to the detriment of our own people?

That is a separate question.

I do not accept the Deputy's assumption and I dealt adequately with the other part of the Deputy's supplementary question last week.

The Taoiseach did not. Is it not quite true that British exports are increasing——

We cannot have a debate on this question.

This is very important. I am asking the Taoiseach if he is aware of the fact that——

Question No. 4.