Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Trade with China.

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asked the Taoiseach the total imports from and exports to the Republic of China for the last financial year.

In the 12 months ended March, 1969, imports from China were valued at £1,006,506. Total exports to China in the same period were valued at £54,040.

Why is it necessary to import so much from China?

They are commodities of a type appropriate for certain manufacturers,et cetera, to import.

That is a bit vague. Could the Taoiseach be more specific? What sort of things?

Textile yarns and fabrics.

The only place we can get these from is China?

Disgraceful.

We get yarns galore from the Fianna Fáil Party.

We will get Fine Gael to spin them.

(Interruptions.)

Would the Taoiseach be good enough to say whether the figures he has given include imports and exports from Taiwan or do they refer to the mainland administration of China?

The title of the country in the question is the Republic of China which I take to be mainland China.