§ 1. Mr. KENNEDY
asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the rapidly increasing imports of foreign eggs in shell into this country, and that the numbers of poultry stock in this country fell last year to the extent of nearly four millions; and whether, in view of the fact that the present unrestricted imports of eggs are causing serious financial embarrassment to many poultry-keepers and smallholders, he proposes to take any action for their protection?
§ The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. Elliot)
I am aware that there has been an increase in imports of foreign eggs in shell, and a decrease in the fowl population in Great Britain. As regards the second part of the question, I would remind the hon. Member that prices of home-produced eggs have for some months been generally higher than those ruling in the corresponding periods of 1934 and 1935. I would also refer to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Moseley (Sir P. Hannon) on 23rd March, a copy of which I am sending to the hon. Member.
§ Mr. H. G. WILLIAMS
Now that the right hon. Gentleman is assured of support opposite, will he take steps to free us from our international obligations that prevent us—[Inter,-option.]