I propose to take Questions Nos. 31 and 179 together.
I refer to the replies to Questions No. 336 of 18 February, 1992 and to Questions Nos. 29, 122, 143, 145 and 148 of 25 March, 1992.
Within the EC, controls arising from the Montreal Protocol on the production and use of CFCs and other ozone depleting substances are operated on a community-wide basis. This regional approach is rational and effective; overall Community sales of the main CFCs have been reduced by more than 40 per cent between 1986 and 1990.
CFCs and related substances are not produced in Ireland and our overall use of them is small. The latest figures available to my Department show annual national usage of the main CFCs at approximately 2,500 tonnes; this represents a decrease broadly in line with the pattern in the Community as a whole. My Department has had good co-operation with the CII, FICI and the principal users in encouraging the earliest possible phase out here of ozone depleting substances.