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Egg Allocations, London

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 22 March 1951

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asked the Minister of Food how many eggs were supplied on each ration book in the districts of Chelsea and Westminster, respectively, for the week ended 17th and 18th March, 1951p; and what was the corresponding allowance for the week ended 18th and 19th March, 1950.

For the week ended 17th-18th March, 1951, two eggs per ration book were allocated to wholesalers in London for distribution to retailers, and during the week ended 18th-19th March, 1950, the allocation was four eggs per book. I could not say without extensive inquiries what allocations were actually on sale in the shops in Chelsea and Westminster in the two weeks. As the hon. Member may be aware, allocations of eggs do vary as between one district and another at a particular time but the total distribution is equalised over a period.