HC Deb 17 May 1973 vol 856 cc353-4W
29. Mr. Farr

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he can give figures of the weekly number of sheep being exported from the Republic of Ireland to the Continent; and to what extent these figures have increased since Her Majesty's Government banned the export of live cattle from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

The Department of Agriculture of the Irish Republic estimates that weekly exports of sheep to EEC countries other than the United Kingdom have been as follows:

Week ending
3rd February
10th February
17th February 80
24th February 1,065
3rd March 1,336
10th March 1,340
17th March 1,737
24th March 1,090
31st March 828
7th April
13th April 978
21st April

The corresponding total figure for the same period last year was 815. It is not possible to judge the extent to which the increase is due to the action of Her Majesty's Government in suspending licences to export sheep as from 1st February, as the trade is a seasonal and fluctuating one.