HC Deb 13 October 1943 vol 392 c882
64. Mr. Douglas

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the high proportion of bad eggs sold to rationed consumers; and what steps he is taking to step this waste of valuable food?

Mr. Mabane

No, Sir. I am not aware that the proportion of eggs sold to the public in a bad condition is higher than in peace-time. I shall be glad to have investigations made into any cases of which the hon. Gentleman can give me details.

Mr. Douglas

Is the hon. Gentleman the only person in this country who is not aware of this fact?

Mr. Mabane

I have made careful search, and I find only seven references in the Press to the matter since 1st July; and practically no complaints have been received from the public.

Sir A. Southby

Is it not a fact that if eggs are not sold in a definitely bad condition, they are certainly sold in a definitely stale condition?

Mr. Mabane

If I can get any information, I shall be only too glad to investigate it.

Mr. Stephen

Is the customer entitled to have a bad egg replaced?

Mr. Mabane

Yes, the customer is entitled to have a bad egg replaced.

Mr. Keeling

Is it right to assume that a purchaser of bad eggs is going to waste them?