Written Answers. - Food Marketing Expenditure.

112.

asked the Minister for Agriculture the total amount of money spent on marketing food, excluding subsidies, by the Government in each year since 1970.

As the information regarding total amounts of money paid out by my Department on the marketing of food each year since 1970 is in the form of a tabular statement, I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to circulate it with the Official Report.

These figures do not include normal quality and grading control services provided by my Department. They also exclude expenditure by Córas Tráchtála on the promotion of food as part of their promotional activity.

Following is the statement:—

£

'000

1970-71

279

1971-72

400

1972-73

570

1973-74

545

1974 (9 months)

503.5

1975

575

1976

525

1977

555

1978

608

1979

642