HC Deb 05 December 1950 vol 482 cc49-50W
Mr. Nabarro

asked the Minister of Food what function will be performed during 1951 by the Eggs Division of his Department and the National Egg Distributors' Association Limited, respectively; what is the total cost of each of these organisations for the year 1951, including all overhead charges; how many persons are currently employed by each organisation; and what future plans he has for these organisations.

Mr. F. Willey,

pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, Monday, 27th November, 1950; Vol. 481, col. 770], supplied the following information:

The functions of the Eggs Division of the Ministry and of National Egg Distributors' Association Limited are reviewed from time to time. As far as can be foreseen during 1951 the functions of these two organisations will be as follow:

  1. (a) The Eggs Division will continue to be responsible for the purchase of imported and home produced shell eggs and imported egg products and for arranging their equitable distribution through trade channels to consumers.
  2. (b) N.E.D.A.L. will continue to be responsible, subject to general directions by the Ministry, for the collection and distribution of eggs from packing stations and ships, supplying boxes and packing materials, making payments to home packers, arranging transport, inspecting imported eggs and performing certain accounting functions.

The total number of staff employed by each of these organisations is 167 and 1,108 respectively. The latter figure includes 855 industrial staff. The total estimated costs inclusive of overheads for the financial year 1950–51 are as follow:

Eggs Division 1,041,000
N.E.D.A.L. 330,000

It is not possible at this date to give an indication of future plans for Eggs Division and N.E.D.A.L.