HC Deb 15 November 1950 vol 480 cc1724-5
65. Mr. Crouch

asked the Minister of Food what are the number of cases of eggs which have been received from Gambia during the last six months; the number of laying hens in Gambia; and the number of dead poultry that have been imported from that source.

Mr. Webb

We have received 107 cases of eggs, but have no information about the present number of laying hens in Gambia. Dead poultry from Gambia is imported, privately, under licence. Since 1st June my Department has supported one application for a licence to import 30 tons.

Mr. Crouch

Is the Minister aware that an import of 107 cases is not a very large large amount to contribute towards the weekly egg ration?

Mr. Webb

We have undertaken and contracted to buy the export surplus of eggs from Gambia for three years, as from 1st July. It is up to them, and up to the hens to lay them.

Captain Duncan

How can these Gambian eggs be identified?

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