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Eggs (Winter Prices)

Volume 466: debated on Thursday 23 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he will consider introducing at an earlier date than usual the winter price for eggs so as to off-set, in some measure, the burden falling upon egg-producers through the recent sharp rise in the cost of poultry feed.

I would refer the noble Lord to the answer I gave on 11th April last to the hon. Member for Evesham (Mr. De la Bère) in which I pointed out that when the price for eggs for the year 1949–50 was fixed full account was taken of all relevant factors, including recent increases in the prices of feedingstuffs.

Could the right hon. Gentleman give any indication when the winter price will, in fact, come into force?

I am afraid it will be doubtful wisdom to do so, because people would only hold back the eggs until the higher prices come along.