HC Deb 05 July 1937 vol 326 cc19-20
26. Mr. Mathers

asked the Minister of Agriculture when he will make a statement of Government policy in relation to the poultry industry?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

I am not in a position to say when it will be possible for me to make a statement on this subject.

Mr. Mathers

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is much disappointment with him and the Government which he represents about the policy on this subject not being stated before now, and may we have generally an indication of whether there will be a statement before the Recess?

Mr. Morrison

One uncertain factor in the matter is that there is an application before the Import Duties Advisory Committee for an increased duty on eggs in shells. Until the report of that committee has been received, it is not possible to consider the matter in all its stages.

Mr. Mathers

When may we expect it?

Mr. Morrison

That depends on the committee.

Mr. T. Williams

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the price of eggs has increased in this House this week?

Mr. Morrison

I am aware that there has been an increase throughout the country.

Mr. Macquisten

Why does the poultry policy take such a long time to hatch? If it is much longer, it will be addled.

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