HC Deb 17 April 1934 vol 288 cc869-70
14. Sir H. CROFT

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the percentage of the eggs in shell imported into this country from China increased from 6 per cent. of the total im- ports? from all countries in the first two months of 1932 to over 17 per cent. in the same period of 1934; and will he take steps, by restriction of imports, to protect British poultry farmers against this growing Asiatic competition?


As my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture informed the House on 15th March, steps are being taken to limit the imports of eggs in shell into this country from foreign countries during the period 15th March to 14th September to the figures for the corresponding period of last year. In the case of China the importers of the eggs have given the desired undertaking.


Would it not be better that these Chinese eggs should be marked "Laid in China," so that buyers will know what they are getting?

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