Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Exports to Libya.

1.

asked the Taoiseach the value of exports to Libya in 1980; the estimated value in 1981; and the value and quantity of the major commodities involved.

With the permission of the Ceann Comhairle it is proposed to circulate in the Official Report a statement giving the available information.

Following is the statement:

Exports to Libya

Commodity

1980

January-October 1980

January-October 1981

Qty.

Value

Qty.

Value

Qty.

Value

No.(000)

MT

£000

No.(000)

MT

£000

No.(000)

MT

£000

Cattle

123

68,517

55,549

112

62,789

51,023

132

75,311

73,128

Horses, asses, mules and hinnies

22

231

3

55

13

124

Beef and veal, fresh chilled or frozen

13

11

1,698

1,866

Milk and Cream, dry

0

417

545

Pastry, biscuits, cakes etc.

323

255

127

97

1,016

1,025

Jam, marmalade, etc.

143

145

83

76

137

127

Sweetened forage and other animal feed

1

3

8,823

1,525

Other food preparations

733

2,263

611

2,053

684

2,650

Cigarettes

37

85

22

51

49

218

Mixtures of odoriferous substances—for perfumes, foods etc.

5

43

5

43

6

139

Polymerisation and Copolymerisation products

107

195

Builders' carpentry and joinery

100

406

Structures and parts of iron and steel

144

243

71

170

567

2,935

Non-electric heating apparatus of iron or steel

6

108

267

2

48

110

Parts of rotating electric plant

2

635

1

441

1

776

Industrial machinery not elsewhere specified

15

112

Refrigerators and equipment—not household

33

143

24

105

79

550

Air-conditioning machines

76

1,058

76

1,058

12

126

Filtering and purifying machinery

178

668

117

459

81

400

Lifting and handling machinery

51

329

Weighing machinery

57

173

Spraying, fire extinguishing, sand blasting etc. machines

86

627

86

627

0

Taps, valves etc.

3

81

3

81

8

210

Radio navigation, radar etc. apparatus

6

221

6

220

1

119

Deep-freezers of household type

51

389

958

Special purpose motor lorries and vans

27

206

Parts and accessories for motor vehicles

1

401

1

401

Parts of aircraft (excl. tyres, engines etc.)

8

168

Mens and boys outer garments

120

2,444

88

1,655

51

879

Jerseys, cardigans, twinsets of wool

51

18

361

51

18

361

Made-up accessories for articles of apparel

8

166

8

166

Other

6,359

1,096

2,791

703

80

608

Total

76,936

66,996

66,978

59,955

89,788

90,497

: Will the Minister give the House the principal commodities involved and their value.

Our main export is cattle and the value in 1980 was £55½ million while in January-October 1981 the value was £73 million.

What is the second largest commodity involved and the value?

Value of other food preparations was £2.3 million, but, in fact, the second largest commodity was "men's and boys' outer garments valued at £2.4 million.