HC Deb 25 March 1975 vol 889 cc99-100W
Mr. Wm. Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is his estimate of the number of bacon pigs which have been smuggled from Northern Ireland into Eire in each of the last 12 months.

Mr. Merlyn Rees:

It is not possible to give a precise figure for the number of pigs moved illegally. An indication can, however, be derived by comparing the actual number of pigs marketed in Northern Ireland with the potential production calculated from the breeding herd figures recorded in the census. On this basis, the estimated shortfall for each of the last 12 months was:

March nil
April (5 weeks) nil
May nil
June nil
July (5 weeks) nil
August 19,500
September 30,000
October (5 weeks) 32,000
November 32,500
December 19,000
January 23,000
February 18,000

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