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Lord Donoughue: Fishery research vessels are operated by three government departments within the United Kingdom. The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and has two vessels, RV "Cirolana" and RV "Corystes". Both are fully operational, although "Cirolana" is now 28 years old and is only used for part of the year, pending planned replacement with a new research vessel.
The Fisheries Research Service (FRS), an Executive Agency of the Scottish Office, has two vessels in full service, RV "Scotia", which is about to be replaced with a new vessel during May 1998, and RV "Clupea". The Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland operates one vessel, RV "Lough Foyle", which is fully operational. All of these vessels are engaged in
Lord Donoughue: Imports are forecast on a quarterly basis. It is provisionally forecast that 80,000 tonnes of beef and veal and 100,000 tonnes of mutton and lamb (both expressed in product weight) will be imported into the United Kingdom from non-EU countries between 1 July 1998 and 30 June 1999. However, the actual level of imports will depend on the prevailing market situation in the period up to July 1999.
Imports of beef, veal and sheepmeat into the European Union are subject to import tariffs. There are various concessionary import schemes which allow imports at reduced tariff rates. Not all of these schemes run on the WTO year (1 July to 30 June): some follow the calendar year. The details are as follows: Beef Import Quotas Bilateral or Multilateral Quotas (Calendar Year)
(i) The ACP Scheme--Boneless beef imports, limited as below, may be imported free of customs duties and at 8 per cent. of the EC import tariff from developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific:
Total: 52,100 tonnes
Bosnia-Herzegovina: 1,500 tonnes GATT Quotas (WTO Year)
(iv) Young male animals for fattening--Young male cattle for fattening. Imports are subject to Customs duty but a reduced or nil rate of import tariff. 1997-98 quota set at 169,000 head, of which 143,650 may be sent to
New Zealand: 300
Total 58,100 tonnes
Live animals 80 kg to 300 kg--Imports from Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are fixed at 76,500 head with a Customs duty of 15 per cent. and import tariff of 20 per cent.
Czech Republic: 3,495
Total: 29,429 tonnes
Latvia = 220 tonnes processed beef
|sheepmeat and goatmeat||Live animals||Live animals and or meat||Duty|
|Country of Origin||Tonnes, carcase weight equivalent||Carcase weight equivalent|
|Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia||1,750||nil|
|Other: of which||607.5||nil|
|Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania||107.5||nil|
|Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia||215 (tonnes liveweight)||10%|
|Others||105 (tonnes liveweight)||10%|
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