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Volume 885: debated on Thursday 30 January 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received suggesting that EEC regulations on eggs are not being applied equitably and fairly throughout the Common Market; what assessment he has made of the likely impact on the United Kingdom market of imports from the Community; and if he will make a statement.

Various sections of the industry have from time to time suggested that the EEC regulations on eggs are not equitably and fairly applied throughout the Community. I have no evidence of this. But if there were such evidence I would ensure that it was followed up in the appropriate way.The level of imports from the Community varies from time to time, but the total quantities involved are small, amounting to less than 3 per cent. of supplies last year. The availability of imported eggs has some influence on prices here, but the main factor is the level of home production.