HC Deb 07 December 1937 vol 330 cc206-7
61. Sir Adrian Baillie

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he has received the reports of the egg-marketing scheme from the National Farmers' Union and the National Poultry Council; and what action he is proposing to take in this connection?

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. W. S. Morrison)

I have received the provisional proposals to which my hon. Friend refers, and am giving them my careful consideration.

62. Sir A. Baillie

asked the Minister of Agriculture the progress made by the Departmental Committee investigating poultry mortality; and what is the estimated loss of poultry caused by disease in this country in the latest 12 months for which figures are available?

Mr. Morrison

I understand that the Committee hopes to be able to present its report early next year. As regards the latter part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 17th November to my hon. Friend the Member for Devizes (Sir P. Hurd).

63. Sir A. Baillie

asked the Minister of Agriculture what steps are being taken at the present time to provide facilities for British poultry farmers to place a reasonable proportion of their eggs in cold storage during those periods of the year when there is an excessive supply; and whether he will take steps to assist the financing of an organisation to provide such cold storage accommodation in suitable centres throughout the country?

Mr. Morrison

The provision of facilities for the cold storage of home-produced eggs is primarily a matter for the industry itself. In the event of a producers' board being set up to regulate egg marketing, the question whether additional cold stor- age accommodation will be required will depend on the powers and policy of that organisation. As I have indicated to my hon. Friend in reply to an earlier question, proposals for the improved marketing of home-produced eggs have now been submitted by the industry and are at present under consideration.