Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Meat Subsidies.

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asked the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries what subsidy was paid by (a) the British Government and (b) the Irish Government to meat factories in Ireland under the Anglo-Irish Free Trade Agreement; and what amount of this subsidy went to the farmers.

The support payments on exports of carcase beef and lamb to Britain during the period from 1st July, 1966 to 31st March, 1969 totalled £10,406,997, of which £3.5 million approximately represents receipts from the British Government under the Free Trade Area Agreement. These payments are made with the object of supporting prices for fat cattle, sheep and lambs and the prices paid to producers for these animals benefit from the addition week by week of the support payments to the actual market prices received from Britain for the exports of carcase beef and lamb.