§ Sir H. Lucas-Tooth
asked the Minister of Food the number of eggs imported into this country from the Argentine, month by month, since 1st January, 1946; what is the average price paid for such eggs; and whether there is any embargo or prohibition placed by the Argentine Government upon the export of eggs from that country.
§ Mr. Strachey
In January, 1946, 675,000 dozen shell eggs were imported from Argentina. None have been received since then. The average price paid for these eggs as shown in the Trade and Navigation Accounts was 1s. 8½d. per dozen c.i.f. An embargo was placed by the Argentine authorities on the export of eggs in any form from 31st July, 1946, to 28th September. On the latter date the embargo was lifted and the export of eggs was taken over by a State Export Board with whom the Ministry of Food is in negotiation.