HC Deb 14 March 1963 vol 673 c1507
12. Sir H. Harrison

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he proposes to take the necessary action to prohibit the importation of foreign eggs.

Mr. Erroll

I have no such proposal.

Sir H. Harrison

Is my right hon. Friend aware that that is a most disappointing reply for the British taxpayer, that the egg industry is capable of providing all the eggs we want, and that the importation of Polish and other eggs at certain times of the year causes a tremendous drain on the support prices which the British taxpayer has to pay? Will he look at this matter again?

Mr. Erroll

I understand that the present price of eggs is somewhat above normal and I should not have thought that freedom to import eggs was a serious matter at present, although I appreciate that at certain times of the year imports may cause difficulties of the type mentioned by my hon. and gallant Friend. Any Question about the effect of imports on price support arrangements should be referred to my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture.