Written Answers. - Meat Imports.

David Stanton

Question:

152 Mr. Stanton asked the Taoiseach the amount, value and origin of imports of beef, sheep and pig meat over the past 12 months. [28287/98]

The latest month for which information is available is August 1998. The following tables show the value and volume of meat imports for the year 1997 and for the eight month period January-August 1998.

Value and Volume of Meat Imports

1997

Beef

Sheep

Pigmeat

1997

Beef

Sheep

Pigmeat

£m

£m

£m

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Great Britain

12.0

1.5

11.0

5,893

634

4,583

Northern Ireland

4.6

0.1

13.3

3,333

54

5,521

Denmark

0.5

12.3

739

4,982

Netherlands

2.4

9.1

995

3,864

France

1.0

0.0

4.8

674

20

1,982

Belgium & Luxembourg

0.0

2.9

26

849

Germany

0.2

2.2

117

946

Italy

1.1

0.2

375

77

New Zealand

0.3

0.9

178

485

Argentina

0.8

0.0

551

11

Egypt

0.7

747

Uruguay

0.6

418

Brazil

0.5

372

Sweden

0.2

0.0

0.0

112

23

76

Czech Republic

Other

0.5

0.1

0.8

303

26

267

Total

25.4

2.6

56.6

14,833

1,253

23,147

Value and Volume of Meat Imports

Jan-Aug 1998

Beef

Sheep

Pigmeat

Jan-Aug 1998

Beef

Sheep

Pigmeat

£m

£m

£m

Tonnes

Tonnes

Tonnes

Great Britain

6.5

1.3

7.0

3,345

616

3,540

Northern Ireland

2.2

0.0

7.1

1,172

26

3,745

Denmark

0.1

5.4

59

2,488

Netherlands

4.3

0.0

6.4

1,537

22

3,433

France

0.8

0.0

4.1

632

4

2,113

Belgium & Luxembourg

0.0

1.8

36

461

Germany

0.0

2.9

19

1,367

Italy

0.0

0.2

2

68

New Zealand

0.3

1.0

128

550

Argentina

0.2

149

Egypt

0.6

985

Uruguay

0.3

177

Brazil

0.5

175

Sweden

1.3

516

Czech Republic

0.4

115

Other

0.3

0.2

0.6

74

4

268

Total

17.8

2.5

35.5

9,121

1,222

17,483

Note: It should be noted that, overall, approximately 7 per cent trade is unclassified by commodity. The unclassified trade consists mainly of intra-EU estimates, including estimates for traders below the import survey threshold of £100,000.