Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Trade with Common Market Countries.

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asked the Taoiseach what improvements in the balance of trade have been effected with Common Market countries in this country's efforts to gain a foothold in their home markets before accession to the Treaty of Rome; and what increase in exports they have effected to this country over the last five years for which figures are available.

I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to circulate in the Official Report a statement giving the value of imports, total exports and the import excess for the European Economic Community for each year since 1966 and for January-August, 1971.

Following is the statement:

IMPORTS, Total Exports and Import Excess with the European Economic Community, 1966-1970 and January-August 1971.

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

January-August 1971

£ million

Imports

51.1

57.8

81.7

93.1

108.8

84.7

Total exports

31.4

29.5

36.7

49.9

57.4

33.7

Import excess

19.7

28.3

45.0

43.2

51.4

51.0