HC Deb 27 April 1953 vol 514 cc1752-3
40. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Minister of Food what amount was paid for the 81,000,000 home-produced eggs purchased by his Department since eggs were decontrolled; how many of these eggs have been sold; how much was received for them; and what was the profit or loss to his Department.

Major Lloyd George

The information will take a little time to get together. I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT as soon as possible.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman tell us the date on which he hopes to dispose of these eggs, because it is important that the consumer should know that the eggs, by the time they reach him, will not be newly laid?

Major Lloyd George

The hon. and gallant Gentleman need not worry about that. The storage of eggs has been a practice for many years now. There is no difference in this case. It will probably be reassuring to the consumer to know that the eggs are available for distribution.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Is not the question of the disposal of eggs putting ideas into the minds of the politically minded public?

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