§ 58. Sir L. Lyle
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he can make any statement as to the numbers of poultry stocks now and six months ago; and whether, to avoid reductions of stocks next year, he will consider increasing the importation of feeding-stuffs and decreasing the importation of foreign eggs?
Major Lloyd George
Any comparison of poultry stocks between now and six months ago is misleading owing to the marked seasonal variation in numbers, but the stocks of England and Wales have declined by approximately 30 per cent. during the period mentioned. My noble Friend is not prepared to decrease the importation of foreign eggs and the maximum possible quantity of animal feeding-stuffs is being and will continue to be brought into this country having regard to the demands on shipping space.