asked the Minister for Agriculture whether in view of statements made by the British Minister of Agriculture on 6th November on the subject of applying anti-dumping measures against bacon imports from Ireland he has made any representations to the British Government protesting against such imposition of duties; and if he will state what the present position is in regard to the imposition of such anti-dumping duties.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Bacon Exports: British Anti-Dumping Measures.
The statement in question was to the effect that, as a result of an application, the British authorities were examining whether action under anti-dumping legislation against imports of Irish bacon could be justified. Before such action could be decided upon there would have to be consultations between the two Governments pursuant to the Trade Agreements and the attitude of the Irish Government would be made quite clear in any such consultations.
How is it that in our sale of bacon to the British market our quota is in or around 10 per cent. of the Danish quota?
There is no quota.
The quantity we sell is only about 10 per cent. of what Denmark sells to Britain. As well as that the price paid to Ireland for bacon is about 15 per cent. less than the price paid to Denmark. How is it that the Minister and the Government are not able to get better terms so far as the sale of bacon to Britain is concerned both as regards quantity and price?
That is a separate question.
Irish bacon is selling on the British market at some 30/- a cwt. less than that paid for Danish bacon.
That is a separate matter. The question does not relate to the price of bacon.