HC Deb 13 March 1939 vol 345 c30
49. Mr. Turton

asked the Minister of Agriculture what percentage of the eggs consumed in this country in 1937 was imported; and what were the comparative figures for 1938?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

Of the eggs in shell consumed in the United Kingdom in 1937 and 1938, it is estimated that imported supplies comprised 41 and 45 per cent. respectively.

Mr. Turton

Does not my right hon. Friend think that those figures show a very grave increase in our dependence upon foreign eggs and will he consider taking steps to remedy the position?

Sir R. Dorman-Smith

As my hon. Friend is aware, we intend to bring in a poultry Bill, and perhaps he will wait for that.

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