§ 12. Mr. Buchanan-Smith
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, in the interests of home producers, he will consider the phasing of egg imports over the whole year rather than concentrating them at particular periods.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
While thanking the Minister for his statement, may I ask him whether he would not agree that it is unfair to expect home producers to market their produce in an orderly fashion knowing that the bottom of the market can be knocked away by concentrations of imports in a particular period? Could he not do something more positive to protect the producers from these disastrous conditions over which they have no control themselves?
§ Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that when we are producing over 98 per cent. of our domestic egg consumption, any imports at all are liable to knock the bottom out of the market? I suggest that no further evidence is needed.
§ Mr. Bessell
Has the right hon. Gentleman taken account of the large importations of eggs from Poland?