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In view of the fact that consumption in America is considerably higher than it is in this country, and that consumption seems to increase very slowly in response to lowered prices, would my right hon. Friend impress upon the new Egg Marketing Board the importance of stimulating sales of fresh eggs not only for immediate consumption but also for preserving at a time when they are cheap against the months when they are dear?
I assure my hon. Friend that the British Egg Marketing Board is very alive to the necessity of stimulating the consumption of eggs at reasonable prices, and I am convinced it will devote its attention to that. It would have needed the consumption of only one more egg per head of the population during the first four months for there to have been no surplus. I urge hon. Gentlemen to see what they can do.
Yes. I know that my noble Friend the Minister of Education has called the attention of local authorities, through his circulars, to the low prices of eggs that were available a month or two ago and the reasonable prices at which they are available today.