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Egg Prices

Volume 463: debated on Monday 11 April 1949

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51.

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will confer with the Minister of Food with a view to ensuring that egg producers in the United Kingdom receive an average overall return for eggs of 4s. 6d. per dozen throughout the year, with special regard to the increased production costs incurred as a result of the increase in the price of feedingstuffs.

When the price of eggs for the year 1949–50 was fixed full account was taken of all relevant factors, including the recent increases in the price of feedingstuffs.

Does not the Minister realise the simple fact that there is widespread discontent among poultry keepers about the price of feedingstuffs?

I was speaking to about 500 farmers on Saturday afternoon, and during one and a half hours of questions nobody talked about eggs.