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Volume 986: debated on Thursday 19 June 1980

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the level of self-sufficiency in egg production in the United Kingdom.

In 1979 the United Kingdom was 102 per cent. self-sufficient in egg production.

Is my hon. Friend aware that egg production provides a marginal but substantial form of income, and that the occasional import from glut countries greatly damages that industry?

I am well aware that egg production is very important to many producers, not least those in my hon. Friend's constituency. However, the egg industry has always involved a considerable two-way trade between the United Kingdom and Europe. The situation is no different now.

Will the Minister look carefully at the RSPCA's film on egg production? Will he consider what can be done to maintain standards, which seem to be slipping.

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for drawing that film to my attention. I shall certainly take up that point.