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Eggs (France)

Volume 893: debated on Monday 9 June 1975

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what forms of subsidy, overt or hidden, are known by his Department to be being given to the French egg industry.

I understand teat Government assistance to the egg industry in France has taken the form of repayable loans made by FORMA—the agricultural market guidance and stabilisation fund—to a price equalisation fund organised by certain producer groups whose members account for about one-fifth of total French egg production.Secondly, the French Government announced on 14th March a proposal to introduce a scheme to encourage the slaughter of 2 million laying hens. The details of this proposal are. I understand being discussed with the French industry.