HC Deb 23 December 1937 vol 330 cc2174-5W
Captain Plugge

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in the current negotiations with foreign nations for the voluntary limitation of imported eggs, some effort can be made to spread the egg supply by means of cold storage more equally over all the months, so as to avoid the slump in the price in the spring and the exaggerated charges in the winter?

Captain Wallace

The informal discussions with foreign representatives have been concerned with the possibility of oversupply in the current winter season, but I understand that in fact a good deal of progress has been made in certain countries in the direction desired by my hon. and gallant Friend.

Sir A. Baillie

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will give details of any existing statistics showing the number of eggs monthly in cold storage in this country and if none exist, whether he will compile the information in question for the guidance of British keepers of poultry?

Captain Wallace

I have been asked to reply. There are no existing statistics relating to the number of eggs in cold storage, and my right hon. Friend has no power to call for such information for the purpose suggested.