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Eggs (Imports)

Volume 888: debated on Thursday 13 March 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress is being made in his discussions with representatives of the egg industry on the matter of the import of foreign eggs ; and what decisions he has reached.

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford, South (Mr. Tom Torney) on 4th March.—[Vol. 887, c. 368.]

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what proportion of eggs imported from France was produced from poultry fed upon substances into which arsenical additives and antibodies were added.

As I am sure my hon. Friend understands, I am not in a position to make an authoritative statement about the use of these substances in egg production in France. I understand, however, that French legislation prohibits the administration of arsenicals to laying hens, except for therapy ; and EEC legislation on the use of antibiotics in egg production is similar to our own.