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To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 24 November 2010 (WA 327), which 11 member states are unlikely to have complied with the European Union welfare of laying hens directive ban on battery cages by 1 January 2012; what is the current annual level of egg and egg product imports from those states; and how they will implement their intention of prohibiting egg and egg product from hens in such cages from entering the United Kingdom.
All member states were recently asked by the Commission to provide the level of conversion as at
However, at a European Parliament debate in October, the Commission acknowledged for the first time that Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Poland, Portugal and Romania did not expect to be fully compliant. Another five member states had failed to provide any data to the Commission.
Discussions on finding a practical solution to the large-scale non-compliance from
Data on shell egg and egg products imported into the UK from each EU member state are provided in the below table below:
|Year 2010||Year 2011 (Jan-Sep)|
|Flow||Monthly report description||EU Country||(Tonnes)||(£000s)||(Tonnes)||(£000s)|
|EU Total Imports|
|Shell eggs for consumption|
|Shell eggs for consumption Total||34,001||43,470||21,883||26,040|
|Egg Products for human consumption|
|Egg Products for human consumption Total||36,607||73,813||23,783||51,282|
|Total Imports||EU Total||70,608||117,283||45,666||77,322|
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Source: HM Revenue and Customs