§ Mr. Peter Mills
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he will now take to protect the British egg industry from imported French eggs being sold as British eggs on the United Kingdom market; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
European Community regulations lay down detailed labelling requirements for eggs traded within the Community. It is one of the responsibilities of the United Kingdom's egg marketing inspectorate—at all stages other than retail—and of local authorities—at the retail stage—to check that labelling requirements are properly observed and to follow up specific complaints.
If my hon. Friend has any evidence of labelling requirements not being observed, I would be grateful if he would provide me with the information.