Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Imports of Foreign Yarn.

asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he will state (a) the amount of foreign yarn imported into the Irish Free State during the year 1933; (b) the approximate value of these imports; and (c) the total number of spinners unemployed in the Irish Free State during that period.

Dr. Ryan

The quantities and values of the different descriptions of yarns imported in 1933 are set out in the form of a tabular statement which will be printed in the Official Report. On 1st October, 1933, the latest date for which figures are available, there were 25 persons in the Saorstát registered at employment exchanges and seeking employment at wool spinning. None was registered for cotton spinning. Separate figures are not available for spinning of other textiles.

Following is the tabular state ment:—

SAORSTAT EIREANN.

IMPORTS OF YARNS IN THE YEAR 1933.

DESCRIPTION

Unit of Quantity

Quantity

Value

£

Cotton yarn

lb.

1,195,711

65,545

Linen yarn

cwt.

15,549

82,362

Woollen and worsted yarns on bobbins, cheeses, cones and cops—

Woollen

lb.

758,271

82,954

Worsted

,,

1,529,030

210,962

Woollen and worsted yarns, not on bobbins, cheeses, cones and cops—

White yarns

,,

491,144

62,062

Other yarns of wool, worsted, or a combination of wool and worsted

,,

649,260

92,485

Wool or hair yarns, not elsewhere specified

,,

62,870

5,238

Coir yarn

cwt.

6,036

5,235

Hemp yarn

,,

3,077

5,132

Jute yarn, undyed

,,

1,970

2,033

Jute yarn, dyed

,,

244

724

Silk yarn and thrown silk

lb.

23,175

16,497

Artificial silk yarn

,,

61,689

10,145