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Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) whether he will be seeking a derogation permitting a delay in the introduction of EEC Directive 1619/68 on egg weight grades;(2) what representations he has received from the Multiple Food and Drink Retailers Association, the Eggs Authority and the British Poultry Federation on the EEC Directive 1619/68 on egg weight grades; and what is his policy towards seven grades.

We have received representations from these organisations regarding a five weight grade system for eggs as opposed to the seven weight grade system now operating in the Community and due to be adopted in the United Kingdom at the end of this year. I cannot at present add to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford, South (Mr. Torney) on 17th February—[Vol. 926, c 364[—but, as I said then, we are keeping in close touch with developments.