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Pig Smuggling

Volume 889: debated on Tuesday 25 March 1975

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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.

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:

1974
Marchnil
April (5 weeks)nil
Maynil
Junenil
July (5 weeks)nil
August19,500
September30,000
October (5 weeks)32,000
November32,500
December19,000
1975
January23,000
February18,000