Eggs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 24th July 1940.

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Photo of Mr Robert Gibson Mr Robert Gibson , Greenock

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the scarcity and high price of eggs in Scotland; and what steps he proposes to take to increase the feeding-stuffs for poultry in Scotland?

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

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.

Photo of Mr Robert Gibson Mr Robert Gibson , Greenock

Will the Minister consider giving to poultry farmers a larger proportion of home-grown cereals for feeding purposes?

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

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.

Hon. Members:

Why?

Viscountess Astor:

Would it not be better for the Government to increase the barley for the hens and cut it off from the brewers?