HC Deb 02 March 1928 vol 214 c751W
Lieut.-Colonel MASON

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware that all eggs from Denmark, Northern Ireland, and the Irish Free State are imported in non-returnable crates; that such crates are not obtainable in England save at prohibitive cost; and, in view of this handicap to English poultry keepers, will he take steps to encourage the cheap production and marketing of these crates?


I am aware that eggs from Denmark, Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State are imported in non-returnable cases and I am satisfied that English makers can supply non-returnable packages in large quantities at prices which, approximate to those paid by packers at any rate in Ireland. I am sending my hon. and gallant Friend a copy of a Report of a Committee which I recently invited to examine this subject, and would add that the prices of English-made non-returnables shown therein have since been somewhat reduced.

Date. Men, Boys. Women. Girls. Total.
6th February 1,480 93 174 89 1,836
13th February 1,511 90 159 81 1,841
20th February 1,524 89 159 81 1,853
27th February 1,562 85 160 80 1,887

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