Is the Minister aware that a large number of producers of shell eggs in this country have gone out of business? Why should we continue to allow all these foreign imports when we can produce sufficient in this country for our own consumption?
There is no reason to imagine that the importation of eggs, which has amounted to less than 2 per cent. of total supplies, has had anything like the deleterious consequences the hon. and gallant Gentleman suggests.
Would my hon. Friend bear in mind when he is considering these appeals from hon. Members opposite that the Committee of Ways and Means spent 15 hours yesterday defeating the efforts of the Opposition to prevent the Government from restricting imports at all?