I am aware of the present shortage of eggs. Although all possible steps are being taken to obtain imported supplies, there will inevitably be a shortage of eggs in the future. The Ministry has prescribed a maximum retail price for home-produced eggs, and my Noble Friend trusts that he will obtain the support of the public generally in not paying prices in excess of this maximum. With regard to the last part of the Question, as has already been announced, dairy herds and livestock must, in the allocation of supplies of feeding-stuffs, take priority over pigs and poultry, and I am not, therefore, in a position to increase the present releases of feeding-stuffs for poultry.
In the event of an increase in the importation of feeding-stuffs, the question will be reconsidered, but, as has been stated, the livestock must have priority.