§ Mr. P. Browne
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will give the total subsidy paid on hen eggs in February, 1962, and how this figure compares with February, 1961; and if he will give the percentage of imported to home-produced eggs for the same two months.
§ Mr. Soames
The subsidy payable on hen eggs in the United Kingdom during February, 1962, was £1,602,000, compared with £1,353,000 in February, 1961. There is no reliable estimate of total production in these two months, but imports in February, 1962, were equivalent to just over 3 per cent. of supplies passing through packing stations, compared with nearly 8 per cent. in February, 1961; and packing stations handle about two-thirds of all eggs produced in the United Kingdom.