Written Answers. - Libyan Contracts for Beef and Cattle.

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asked the Minister for Agriculture if he will clarify the position regarding the beef and cattle contracts to Libya for the 1984-85 marketing year.

Imports of cattle and beef into Libya are based on a tendering system and contracts between the Libyan purchasing agency and Irish suppliers are arranged accordingly. My Department have no direct involvement in the contractual arrangements.

The subject of trade (including trade in cattle and beef) between Ireland and Libya will be discussed at a meeting of the Irish-Libyan Joint Commission scheduled to take place in May.