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Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 27 October 1954

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asked the Minister of Food the total subsidy paid this year, up to the latest convenient date, in respect to eggs; and what is his policy in respect of an egg marketing scheme.

The cost of the subsidy on home produced eggs for the six months ended 30th September last was £13·5 million. The present arrangements were designed to leave scope for a producers' marketing board. Discussions with the National Farmers Unions about more permanent arrangements have not yet been completed. I shall make a statement at the earliest possible date.