Eggs.

Oral Answers to Questions — Food Supplies. – in the House of Commons on 21st January 1942.

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Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food what changes are in prospect in the system of egg collection and distribution as between the producers, the packing stations, the wholesalers and the retailers; and whether he is aware that co-operative packing stations are dependent for their solvency on the system whereby they deliver their goods direct to retailers?

Major Lloyd George:

The only changes in prospect are those necessitated by the urgent need for the fullest possible economy in transport. Packing stations through their national organisation have been asked to prepare schemes for the pooling of their transport for the collection of eggs. Schemes for various parts of the country have been submitted and are under consideration. They do not affect the sale of eggs by packer wholesalers to those retailers who have nominated them as their egg suppliers.

Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that packing stations, many of which are co-operative in character, are genuinely afraid the work which they have built up over so many years may now be destroyed?

Major Lloyd George:

If my hon. and gallant Friend cares to make any representations, I shall be very glad to look into the matter.