HC Deb 06 December 1944 vol 406 c508
51. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Minister of Food whether it is the policy of the Government to import feeding stuffs for poultry instead of eggs thus creating employment in Britain; and will he ensure that egg prices are fixed at a price which will show a profit to the producer.

Colonel Llewellin

We are importing as much feeding stuffs as the shipping and supply positions permit. Such as can be released for poultry will be. Present egg prices are, I believe, adequate to provide a profit for producers.

Sir W. Smithers

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend do all he can, in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture, to encourage the production of eggs so as to avoid the importation of bad and rotten eggs?

Viscountess Astor

Is it not true that 45 per cent. of imported grain goes into food and 43 per cent. goes into beer? If the Minister is really interested, will he not see that more goes into food than into beer?

Colonel Llewellin

I certainly want to encourage egg production, but the noble Lady is wrong. I do not believe that any imported cereals go into beer at all.