Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (226)

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

355 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the purpose of the official visit to Chile by the former Minister, Deputy Fahey, during his term of office. [2983/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

I wish to advise the Deputy that the Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Deputy Fahey, visited Chile in 2001 in his official capacity as Minister with responsibility for marine and natural resources to gain a deeper understanding of the Chilean salmon industry, in particular, those factors which have enabled very significant growth in their industry in recent years. The Minister of State met his counterpart to convey the considerable concerns of the Irish industry about the impact of the significant and increasing quantities of Chilean salmon production on the global market.