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Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 3 June 1942

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food what estimated percentage of eggs, received by clearing stations in April and May, have reached, or will reach, the public in edible condition?

Apart from small losses through breakages, which are inevitable in the case of a fragile product such as eggs, I know of no reason why the whole of the eggs received by packing stations in April and May should not reach the public in edible condition.

Are not some of these clearing stations storing eggs for a considerable time, and is it not their business to clear eggs and not to store them?

I have no information that the storing is for such a time as to have any effect on the eggs, but if my hon. Friend has anything in mind where a station is holding eggs longer than he thinks is necessary, I will certainly look into the matter.