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Volume 885: debated on Friday 31 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the estimated cost per dozen of producing eggs and the current average price per dozen being obtained by egg producers; and what is the corresponding price to the housewife.

The information is as follows:

White Eggs (pence per dozen)
Egg production cost
Average cost of producing eggs in Northern Ireland during the week ending 24th January 1975, assuming an annual production of 20 dozen eggs per hen29·00
Producer prices
Average price paid to Northern Ireland producers during the week ending 24th January 197517·42
Standard egg prices in shops in the United Kingdom on 22nd January 1975*31·60
*Standard egg prices are approximately equivalent to average retail prices. 80 per cent. of Northern Ireland eggs are sold in Great Britain.