HC Deb 06 December 1937 vol 330 cc12-3
29. Sir John Wardlaw-Milne

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the serious complaints made regarding the ineffective system of marking foreign eggs and the ease with which the present markings can be removed; and what action he is taking in the matter?

Mr. Ramsbotham

My right hon. Friend is aware that local authorities have successfully instituted proceedings in a number of instances against persons accused of removing marks of origin from imported eggs, with a view to the sale of the eggs as home-produced, but he has no information that would suggest that this form of misrepresentation is common or increasing.

Sir J. Wardlaw-Milne

Will my hon. Friend agree to provide statistics of offences that have been dealt with, if I put down a question?

Mr. Ramsbotham

Yes, Sir, if the hon. Gentleman will put down a question.

Mr. Macquisten

Cannot the hon. Gentleman find a method of marking eggs so that the marking cannot be removed?