2. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the value of imports from Britain by standard international trade classification, SITC, revision 4 category in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35552/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
Table A: Imports from Great Britain by SITC, 2006 - 2016 - €m
 SITC 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Food and live animals 1,871.5 2,072.8 2,162.2 2,037.8 2,076.9 Beverages and tobacco 195.9 216.5 180.5 163.3 158.1 Crude materials, inedible, except fuels 209.5 211.6 182.3 125.2 154.8 Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials 2,612.5 3,...

3. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the value of exports to Britain by SITC revision 4 category in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35553/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
Table B: Exports to Great Britain by SITC, 2006 - 2016 - €million
 SITC 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Food and live animals 2,824.7 3,028.3 3,065.1 2,720.9 2,840.5 Beverages and tobacco 560.4 492.8 422.9 413.6 373.9 Crude materials, inedible, except fuels 307.7 347.8 337.1 223.5 362.6 Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials 317.7 ...

5. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the value of exports to Northern Ireland by SITC revision 4 category in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35555/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
Table D: Exports to Northern Ireland by SITC, 2006 - 2016 - €million
 SITC 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Food and live animals 433.6 444.5 415.5 330.2 356.0 Beverages and tobacco 126.3 120.5 124.5 92.2 109.6 Crude materials, inedible, except fuels 59.5 88.0 51.5 43.8 50.9 Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials 34.7 18.4 14.5 12.4...

89. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach if particular trends have emerged in respect of exports in the preliminary data available for 2016; the details of the trends in respect of exports to and imports from Britain; and if there are particular indicators in respect of exports from the different regions of the country. (Question 9771/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): The data requested is set out for the Deputy in the following tables. All data relate to merchandise trade in goods.
The CSO does not produce regional export data, and it is not possible to answer this part of the deputy’s question.
Total goods exports increased in 2016 by €4,508 million (+4%) to €116,916 million. Exports of chemicals and related products continued to be the largest category of goods exports, account...

99. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach the percentage of exports that transit Britain en route to other countries in Europe or other destinations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41135/16 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach Deputy Regina Doherty: The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. Export trade statistics published by the CSO are compiled from a survey of exporting businesses carried out by the VIMA (VIES, Intrastat, Mutual Assistance) division of the Revenue Commissioners. The traders report in this survey the country of destination of the goods they export. Any country or countries through which the goods might pass en route to th...

106. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Taoiseach the number of businesses exporting to Britain; the number of persons employed by these businesses; and the value of this trade in 2015, in tabular form. (Question 48517/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The information on the number of businesses exporting to Great Britain and the numbers of people employed as requested by the Deputy are not available.
Trade in goods data between Ireland and Great Britain is collected via the Intrastat survey, which is carried out by VIMA (Revenue Commissioners) on behalf of the CSO. In order to minimise the burden on enterprises, only those whose exports exceed €635,000 per annum, or wh...

118. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Taoiseach the total value of exports for the most recent five years for which data are available by sector and by destination. (Question 35306/13 asked on 16 Jul 2013 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in tables 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D below.
Table 1A : Value of Goods Exports by Product Category 2008-2013 (€million)
 SITC (Rev 4) Description 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 (Jan-May) 00 Live animals other than animals of Division 03 248 296 339 357 330 77 01 Meat and meat preparations 2,390 2,185 2,407 2,762 2,978 1,188 02 Dai...

112. Deputy Nicky McFadden asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will provide information on imports from China in 2012 in relation to import value, details of the types of products being imported; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12146/13 asked on 07 Mar 2013 - Imports Statistics)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Below is a table showing the value and categories of goods imported from China (including Hong Kong and Macao) in 2012. 
Country- specific services import figures for 2012 will not be available until Q3 2013.
In 2011, the last year for which full year figures are available, the total value of imports of goods and services from China (including Hong Kong and Macao) was €3,039 million, while the total value of exports of goods a...

23. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will detail in monetary value the volume of trade carried out between the north and south of Ireland by sector for the past five years. (Question 9043/13 asked on 21 Feb 2013 - Trade Relations)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Central Statistics Office (CSO) views the United Kingdom as a whole for services trade data. Therefore, it is not possible to provide separate Great Britain and Northern Ireland figures. However they can be separated for Goods Trade. The attached table details the data sought by the Deputy.

North South Trade 


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510. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the value of food imports and exports to and from Britain in each of the years from 2013 to 2016 to date, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36261/16 asked on 22 Nov 2016 - Food Industry Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Details of the trade between the UK and Ireland from 2013 to date are outlined in the following table.
Ireland has a positive trade balance with Great Britain, with exports increasing from just over €3.89bn in 2013 to €4.36bn in 2015.  The main increase was in the beef sector, which increased from €798m in 2013 to just under €1bn in 2015. Exports of dairy products saw a reduction from the €1bn posted in 2013 to €892m in 2015....

119. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach the volume and value in money terms of products in the construction sector exported in 2015 and 2016; and the percentage of these products that were exported to Northern Ireland and Britain. (Question 29461/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Exports Data)

The Taoiseach: There is no trade classification which covers the construction sector. The following table shows the value and volume of exports for a wide range of products which are frequently used, but not necessarily exclusively, in the construction sector. It should be noted that this list is not exhaustive, and that there may be goods in other classifications not included here which are also used in the construction sector. The table shows the value and volume of exports for each classif...

118. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach the volume and value in money terms of agrifood products exported in 2015 and 2016; and the percentage of these products that were exported to Northern Ireland and Britain. (Question 29460/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Exports Data)

The Taoiseach: There is no trade classification which covers the agri-food sector. The following tables show the value and volume of exports for a wide range of products which are frequently used, but not necessarily exclusively, in the agri-food sector. It should be noted that this list is not exhaustive, and that there may be goods in other classifications not included here which are also used in the agri-food sector. The tables show the value and volume of exports for each classification f...

232. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the regulations dealing with fish, pig, cow and poultry food manufacture, with particular reference to whether cow brains and spinal cord are permitted. (Question 23462/13 asked on 16 May 2013 - Food Safety Standards Regulation)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Detailed EU Regulations relating to food safety, animal by-products (ABP) and TSE govern the production of food of animal origin and the use or disposal of ABP. Specified risk material (SRM), which is classified as a Category 1 or higher risk ABP, includes the tonsils, intestines and mesentery of all bovine animals, the skull including brain and eyes, the spinal cord of bovine animals over 12 months and the vertebral column i...

136. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Finance the cost to the Irish economy of the lag by the market in wholesale and retail markets in passing on the recent falls in crude oil prices; if this failure to pass on the full fall in crude oil prices continues at its current magnitude the effect that this will have on our GDP and GNP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49559/14 asked on 14 Jan 2015 - Fuel Prices)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Brent crude oil has fallen by about 45 per cent in euro terms (nearly 50 per cent in US dollar terms) since the  macroeconomic projections to underpin Budget 2015 were finalised. This will have implications for economic activity in Ireland in real and nominal terms.
On the real side, it should be recalled that Ireland is a net energy importer and as such any unanticipated fall in oil prices will havea positive impact in the short term.  Lower energy ...

19. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he intends asking the Council of Agriculture Ministers to set up a European wide investigation into the operation of beef processing plants in order to ensure that no cartels are in operation, that free trade and competition is operating properly across the Union and that the practices in all plants from a business, competition, labelling and health safety point of view comply fully with both EU and national laws and regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48241/13 asked on 14 Nov 2013 - Beef Industry Issues)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Under Articles 101 to 109 of the Treaty for the Functioning of the EU, the European Commission, together with national competition authorities, are responsible for the enforcement of EU competition rules. Within the Commission, primary responsibility for direct enforcement rests with the Directorate-General (DG) for Competition. The Council of Ministers has no function in this regard. In parallel with national competition auth...

781. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the outcome of discussions at the recent European Union Agriculture and Fisheries Council on to the need to have additional food products exempted from the Russian ban on exports from the European Union; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22847/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Food Exports)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The issue of the Russian ban on agrifood exports from the European Union is one that is regularly discussed at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council. There are essentially two bans in place. The Russian Federation imposed a temporary ban on importation of pigs, pork and reproductive material certified from the EU after 26 January 2014 in response to the discovery of two cases of African Swine Fever in wild boar in Lithuania....

842. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the discussions at the recent EU Council of Ministers on the need to have additional food products exempted from the Russian ban on exports from the European Union; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27467/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Food Exports to Russia)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The issue of the Russian ban on agri-food exports from the European Union is one that is regularly discussed at Agriculture Council of Ministers, although it was not addressed at the recent Informal Council, which took place in Bratislava from 11-13 September.
There are essentially two bans in place. The Russian Federation imposed a temporary ban on importation of pigs, pork and reproductive material certified from the EU aft...

318. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if there has been progress at EU level on the possible re-opening of the Russian market for some food products; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19085/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Food Exports)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The issue of the Russian ban on agri-food exports from the European Union is one that is discussed at the Agriculture Council of Ministers. 
There are essentially two bans in place. The Russian Federation imposed a temporary ban on the importation of pigs, pork and reproductive material certified from the EU after 26 January 2014 in response to the discovery of two cases of African Swine Fever in wild boar in Lithuania. Effo...

1. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Taoiseach the amount of timber being imported. (Question 42982/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the table. 
It should be noted that the 2017 data covers the period January to July.
Table A : Imports of Timber by division 2015 - 2017
 Division 2015 €m 2015 Tonnes 2016 €m 2016 Tonnes Jan-Jul 2017 €m Jan-Jul 2017 Tonnes Crude materials-Wood 157 428,918 156 508,408 86 278,675 Manufactured goods- Timber (excl furniture) 226 224,326 236 244,019 150 156,...

229. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the context of the disconnect between the magnitude of the fall in crude oil prices and the magnitude of the fall in retail petrol, diesel and home heating oil prices, his views that perfect competition exists in the wholesale and retail market for petrol, diesel and home heating oil; if not, in what respect is the market deficient in that respect; the actions he has taken to address this issue; the actions he has taken to ensure transparency in the market; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49506/14 asked on 14 Jan 2015 - Fuel Prices)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Irish oil industry is fully privatised, liberalised and deregulated and there is no price control on liquid fuel products in Ireland. The price of fuel is dictated by global factors and reflects global market price (traded in dollars), Euro/Dollar fluctuations, refining costs, transportation costs, other operating costs, prevailing Excise Duty and VAT. The National Consumer Agency, now part of the Competition and Consume...

380. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health when a report on validation of the sugar and fat reduction will be published; the timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43891/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Obesity Strategy)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 378 to 381, inclusive, together.
The reformulation of foods, particularly those high in fat, sugar and salt is a priority area in the National Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025. Plans by the Department to establish an Obesity Policy Implementation Group for the National Policy and Action Plan are well advanced. The first meeting of this cross-sectoral group is expected to take place ...

169. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the extent to which he directly or through the aegis of the regulator continues to monitor the prices of diesel and petrol at filling stations; if current prices reflect the reduction of prices of oil on the international markets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45553/13 asked on 24 Oct 2013 - Fuel Prices)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): The Irish oil industry is fully privatised, liberalised and deregulated and there is free entry to the market. There is no price control and it is Government policy to encourage price competition and consumer choice. Neither I nor the Commission for Energy Regulation has a statutory function in the regulation of petrol and diesel prices.
The upward trend in petrol and diesel prices arises primarily from increases ...

289. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the degree to which his Department monitors the costs of farm inputs such as fertilisers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5159/17 asked on 02 Feb 2017 - Agriculture Industry)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): No fertilisers are now manufactured in Ireland, resulting in indigenous fertiliser companies being price-takers, dependent on global supply and demand and subject to Euro exchange rates against the US dollar and other currencies. Fertilisers (as with crude oil and gas) are mainly traded in US dollars and are thereby subject to fluctuations in currency exchange rates. A weak euro means increased costs for fuel and fertiliser ...

602. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he has taken to develop an industrial hemp based economic sector and to promote the development of adequate processing facilities for such an industry. (Question 30920/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Horticulture Sector)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Hemp fibre and seed are used to produce a wide range of commodities including food and beverage products, fibreboard, insulation, paper, composites, textiles, carpets, animal bedding and feed, cosmetics, body-care products, soaps, paints, fuels, and medicines. 
The growing of hemp requires a licence from the Irish Medicines Board (under the auspices of Department of Health).
Hemp grown for fibre production is frequently referr...

24. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department has examined the possible uses of hemp grown here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48352/13 asked on 14 Nov 2013 - Alternative Farm Enterprises)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Hemp fibre and seed are used to produce a wide range of commodities including food and beverage products, fibreboard, insulation, paper, composites, textiles, carpets, animal bedding and feed, cosmetics, body-care products, soaps, paints, fuels, and medicines. 
The growing of hemp requires a licence from the Irish Medicines Board (under the auspices of Department of Health).
Hemp grown for fibre production is frequently referr...

71. Deputy Eric Byrne asked the Minister for Finance if he will set out the feasibility of introducing a tax on foods high in saturated sugar, salt, and saturated fats; if such a tax has been introduced in other jurisdictions; the level required to yield €188 million in one year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39826/15 asked on 12 Nov 2015 - Tax Code)

Minister for Finance Deputy Michael Noonan As the Deputy will be aware, there have been a number of proposals in recent years to impose taxes on food and beverages to achieve public health objectives. Generally, such proposals encompass either specific products, such as sugar sweetened drinks, or a range of food products with certain characteristics, such as foods with saturated fats above a certain level, foods with added sugar, or foods with added salts.
In 2011, Denmark introduced a tax of DK...

73. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach the value of imported fossil fuels in each of the past ten years to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45366/15 asked on 15 Dec 2015 - Import Costs)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The data requested are set out for the Deputy in the following table. It should be noted that the 2015 data include imports only up to and including September 2015.
The CSO provides trade data based on statistical returns received from enterprises within the economy and does not provide future trade projections or make economic forecasts.
Table: Imports of fossil fuels 2005 to September 2015
 Year Coal, coke ...

261. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Finance the value of imported products (details supplied); if all such items on the Irish market are imported; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52989/12 asked on 27 Nov 2012 - Economic Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Ireland is generally considered to be a particularly open economy with imports accounting for over three quarters of GDP. A considerable share of spending by households and firms leaves the economy on imported goods and services, while at the same time a considerable share of the outputs of Irish firms is exported abroad leading to payment coming into Ireland. In relation to SITC 054.61 sweet corn (cooked or uncooked) frozen and SITC 054.69 other v...

420. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will list in tabular form all legislation and specific sections therein that refer to powers delegated to the Minister of State with special responsibility for food, horticulture and food safety; if he will detail the title of the civil servants who are responsible for reporting directly to said Minister of State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24622/14 asked on 10 Jun 2014 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The legislation, which is listed in the schedule below, refers to the statutory powers and duties which have been delegated to Minister Hayes in relation to Forestry, Horticulture, the Greyhound Industry and Food Safety under Statutory Instrument No. 371 of 2013. The legislation has been delegated in full and there is no other legislation which has been delegated to him.
As Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine I reta...

99. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the extent to which he and his Department directly or in conjunction with the Regulator have endeavoured to ascertain the extent to which petrol and diesel prices at filling stations accurately reflect oil prices on the world markets throughout each of the past six years to date; if he will set out the prices charged per barrel throughout the period in question; the prices charged at filling stations in the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9955/13 asked on 26 Feb 2013 - Energy Prices)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Neither I nor the Commission for Energy Regulation has a statutory function in the regulation of petrol and diesel prices.
The Irish oil industry is fully privatised, liberalised and deregulated and there is free entry to the market. There is no price control and it is Government policy to encourage price competition and consumer choice.
The upward trend in petrol and diesel prices arises primarily from increases i...

617. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Jobs; Enterprise and Innovation if he has asked the Competition Authority to examine the level of pricing in the liquid fuels market in view of the considerable and ever-growing financial burden being placed upon families and businesses here by skyrocketing fuel prices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38591/12 asked on 18 Sep 2012 - Fuel Prices)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Irish oil industry is fully privatised, liberalised and deregulated and there is no price control on liquid fuel products in Ireland. The price of fuel is dictated by global factors and reflects global market price (traded in dollars), Euro/Dollar fluctuations, refining costs, transportation costs, other operating costs, prevailing Excise Duty and VAT.
Recent increases in prices may be attributable to a number of factors,...

56. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the fact that although many unhealthy foods and beverages are taxed at the standard rate, anomalies exist whereby products high in fat, sugar and salt are taxed at a reduced, or zero, rate;his plans to address these anomalies in the Budget 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46975/12 asked on 25 Oct 2012 - VAT Rates Increases)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): VAT is a tax on the value added to products and services and is governed by the EU VAT Directive. EU VAT rules provide that a standard VAT rate of between 15% and 25% applies to the supply of all goods and services with certain derogations. Annex III of the VAT Directive provides a list of goods and services to which Member States may apply a reduced rate of between 5% and 15% (with Member States applying no more than 2 reduced rates). In addition...

378. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health when the food reformulation working group will be established; when the membership will be determined; if public health organisations will be involved; when the draft terms of reference will be prepared for this technical group; when it will be convened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43889/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Obesity Strategy)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 378 to 381, inclusive, together.
The reformulation of foods, particularly those high in fat, sugar and salt is a priority area in the National Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025. Plans by the Department to establish an Obesity Policy Implementation Group for the National Policy and Action Plan are well advanced. The first meeting of this cross-sectoral group is expected to take place ...

379. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the way the reformulation efforts will be monitored in view of the introduction of the sugar sweetened drinks tax in April 2018; the role the FSAI will have in this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43890/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Obesity Strategy)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 378 to 381, inclusive, together.
The reformulation of foods, particularly those high in fat, sugar and salt is a priority area in the National Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025. Plans by the Department to establish an Obesity Policy Implementation Group for the National Policy and Action Plan are well advanced. The first meeting of this cross-sectoral group is expected to take place ...

381. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health when data for 2013 onwards will be collected, verified and published in respect of reformulation information on reduction of sugar in still and carbonated drinks (details supplied); the way in which the FSAI is working with the food and drink industry on this currently; if this will be monitored officially aside from the ad hoc manner it is done currently in which an industry organisation (details supplied) meets with the FSAI periodically at the industry’s request to seek its input into the industry’s reformulation work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43892/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Obesity Strategy)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): I propose to take Questions Nos. 378 to 381, inclusive, together.
The reformulation of foods, particularly those high in fat, sugar and salt is a priority area in the National Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025. Plans by the Department to establish an Obesity Policy Implementation Group for the National Policy and Action Plan are well advanced. The first meeting of this cross-sectoral group is expected to take place ...

153. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the foodstuffs and beverages covered and reimbursable under the new nutrition standards under the school meals local projects scheme; if there is documentation and guidance being provided to schools additional to the standards themselves to provide clarity on the foodstuffs and beverages that will be reimbursed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42107/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - School Meals Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): The foodstuffs and beverages covered and reimbursable under the new Nutrition Standards for the School Meals Local Projects Scheme is provided in detail in the Standards Report. These are nutritious foods and drinks from the four bottom shelves of the Food Pyramid and are influenced by the funding allocation available depending on the meals- breakfast, snack, lunch or mid afternoon snack or dinner allocation.
Standards for t...

99. Deputy Michael Colreavy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the procedures in place to deal with complaints from farmers regarding the nutritional value of animal feedstuffs purchased and whether his Department will initiate legal action in the event of breaches of the minimum nutritional value of such feedstuffs. (Question 33463/15 asked on 30 Sep 2014 - Animal Feedstuffs)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The EU Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 on the placing on the market and use of feed requires that manufacturers of feed ensure that the product is sound, genuine, unadulterated, fit for purpose and of merchantable quality. In addition, Article 11 of this Regulation provides that the labelling and presentation of feed shall not mislead the user as to, inter alia, its composition, properties, nature or method of manufacture. Further...

410. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the extent to which directly or in consultation with the regulator, he and or his Department continues to monitor the prices charged by oil companies for petrol and diesel; if the current prices charged reflect a reduction in accordance with the fall in oil prices on world markets over the past four years; if any reason has been given for relatively high prices now being charged at filling stations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10329/13 asked on 26 Feb 2013 - Energy Prices)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): I propose to take Questions Nos. 410 to 412, inclusive, together. 
Neither I nor the Commission for Energy Regulation have a statutory function in the monitoring or regulation of petrol and diesel prices. 
The Irish oil industry is fully privatised, liberalised and de-regulated and there is free entry to the market. There is no price control and it is Government policy to encourage price competition and consumer ch...

411. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if any discussions have taken place, directly or at EU level, with a view to ensuring that oil price reductions on world markets are passed on to the consumer with particular reference to the need to lower energy costs, as a prelude to economic recovery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10330/13 asked on 26 Feb 2013 - Energy Prices)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): I propose to take Questions Nos. 410 to 412, inclusive, together. 
Neither I nor the Commission for Energy Regulation have a statutory function in the monitoring or regulation of petrol and diesel prices. 
The Irish oil industry is fully privatised, liberalised and de-regulated and there is free entry to the market. There is no price control and it is Government policy to encourage price competition and consumer ch...

412. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the extent to which comparisons have been made between energy prices here and those applicable in Europe and worldwide with a view to ensuring that the domestic and industrial consumer here can avail of lower international oil prices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10331/13 asked on 26 Feb 2013 - Energy Prices)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): I propose to take Questions Nos. 410 to 412, inclusive, together. 
Neither I nor the Commission for Energy Regulation have a statutory function in the monitoring or regulation of petrol and diesel prices. 
The Irish oil industry is fully privatised, liberalised and de-regulated and there is free entry to the market. There is no price control and it is Government policy to encourage price competition and consumer ch...

204. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the efforts being made to identify additional markets for over-age bull beef, that is, beef over 24 months of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15762/14 asked on 03 Apr 2014 - Beef Exports)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The market situation in the cattle sector is analysed and monitored on an ongoing basis by my Department and Bord Bia. The young bull trade is challenging at present as age and weight issues continue to adversely affect demand. The number of young bulls slaughtered to date in 2014, at over 69,000 head, is 4% ahead of the same period in 2013. However, average prices for that type of animal are down significantly because ther...

6. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the county origin of goods exported to Britain by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35556/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the county of origin of goods exported is not collected on the Intrastat Survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
 ...

7. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the county destination of goods imported from Britain by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35557/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the county destination of goods imported is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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8. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the county origin of goods exported to Northern Ireland by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35558/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the county of origin of goods exported is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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10. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of exports to Britain through each port by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35560/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the port of exit of goods is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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11. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of imports from Britain through each port by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35561/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the port of entry of goods is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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12. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of exports to Britain through each airport by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35581/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the port of exit of goods is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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13. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of imports from Britain through each airport by SITC revision 4 for each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35582/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the port of entry of goods is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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46. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No 167 of 5 November 2013, the total number of persons employed in the pharmaceutical and chemical sector here for each year from 2008 to date in 2013; the total number of persons indirectly employed as a result of the pharmaceutical and chemical sector here for each year from 2008 to date in 2013; the total estimated contribution as a percentage of GDP and GNP for each year from 2008 to date in 2013 of the pharmaceutical and chemical sector here; the weight in output of the pharmaceutical and chemical sector here for each year from 2008 to date in 2013; the total quantity in euro of merchandise exports for each year from 2008 to date in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48410/13 asked on 13 Nov 2013 - Exports Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Regarding the employment numbers, annual average employment figures in NACE codes 20 (manufacture of chemicals and chemical products) and 21 (manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations) are provided below. These data reflect Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) employment by NACE Rev. 2, two digit classification. However, I am informed by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) that caution should be taken with i...

97. Deputy Michael Colreavy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the remedies available to farmers who purchased feeding meals with less than the minimum protein content and value. (Question 8325/15 asked on 25 Feb 2015 - Animal Feedstuffs)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Regulation (EC) No 767/2009 on the placing on the market and use of feed requires that manufacturers of feed are required to ensure that feed is sound, genuine, unadulterated, fit for purpose and of merchantable quality. In addition, Article 11 of this Regulation provides that the labelling and presentation of feed shall not mislead the user as to, inter alia, its composition, properties, nature or method of manufacture. Fur...