§ Mr. Aitken
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will make a statement about his discussions with the National Farmers' Union on the future marketing of eggs.
Informal discussions have been taking place with the National Farmers' Unions with the object of enabling a marketing scheme for eggs to be put forward. Financial arrangements have now been worked out for implementing the Agriculture Act guarantees through a marketing board which appear both to the leaders of the unions and to the Government to offer a practicable basis for the consideration of a scheme containing full trading powers under the Agricultural Marketing Acts. I understand that the unions will now examine detailed proposals for a scheme on this basis. If they decide to submit a scheme it will of course be considered under the normal procedure laid down in the Agricultural Marketing Acts.