Dáil Éireann - Volume 355 - 12 February, 1985

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Footwear Industry.

1. Mr. Kirk asked the Taoiseach the number of pairs and value of footwear imported in 1982, 1983 and 1984.

2. Mr. Kirk asked the Taoiseach the [2088] percentage of the country's footwear needs supplied by imports in the years 1982, 1983 and 1984.

3. Mr. Kirk asked the Taoiseach the number of people employed in the footwear industry in the country at present.

4. Mr. Kirk asked the Taoiseach the number of pairs and value of footwear manufactured in the country during 1982, 1983 and 1984.

5. Mr. Kirk asked the Taoiseach the number of people employed in the footwear industry in the country in 1975.

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Mr. Barrett, Dún Laoghaire): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 5, inclusive, together and to circulate a tabular statement showing the information requested by the Deputy.

Following is the statement:

Footwear Statistics

Employment in footwear industry†

Sept. 1975 3,400

Sept. 1984 ‡ 2,300

1982

1983

1984‡

Footwear manufactured in the country †

(Jan-Sept)

 (i) Number of pairs (000)

4,160

3,970

2,930

 (ii) Value (£million)

48.1

46.9

37.3

Imports of footwear

 (i) Number of pairs (000)

12,545

13,267

11,208*

 (ii) Value (£million)

74.0

78.6

68.5*

Import share of domestic footwear market † (Based on numbers)

90.3%

92%

91.9%

†Estimates

‡ Latest available data

* Provisional