HC Deb 22 February 1954 vol 524 cc23-4
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asked the Minister of Food what, in million dozens, was the quantity of eggs passing through the United Kingdom packing stations for each month in 1953, and in January, 1954; and the monthly import figures for the same period.

As the reply involves a large number of figures I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Would the Minister give me the figures for December, 1953, and January, 1954?

The figures for December, 1953, were: through the United Kingdom packing stations 40.2 million dozen, imports 19.9 million dozen; and the January, 1954, figures were, 49.4 million dozen through the packing stations and 11.2 million dozen imported.

 HEN EGGS—U.K. PACKING STATIONS THROUGHPUTS AND IMPORTS, 1953 AND JANUARY, 1954 Month No. of weeks Millions of dozens U.K. packing stations throughput U.K. imports Imported eggs sold in Shell 1953 January 5 41.6 18.4 18.4 February 4 39.2 11.0 11.0 March 4 41.0 10.9 10.9 April 5 57.0 7.3 5.3 May 4 39.6 12.0 10.0 June 4 32.3 9.2 10.8 July 5 32.1 10.8 9.1 August 4 23.6 6.8 8.9 September 4 25.7 8.2 6.6 October 5 29.9 14.1 14.3 November 4 24.2 10.6 11.1 December 5 40.2 19.9 11.0 Total Year 53 426.4 139.2 127.4 1954 January 5 49.4* 11.2* 16.5* * Provisional.

43.

asked the Minister of Food how many eggs have been broken out for sale in liquid form since egg prices were decontrolled.

Three hundred and ten thousand boxes to the end of January.

Would the right hon. and gallant Gentleman tell the House how many eggs there are in a box?

Three hundred and sixty, I think.

What is the difference between breaking an egg and breaking out an egg?

I think that the result is sometimes the same.

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