§ Mr. Crowther
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if, pursuant to his answer of 16 January,Official Report, column 51, he will ensure that all eggs are marked so as to show whether they are produced in a battery, free range or otherwise.
§ Mr. Donald Thompson
EC regulations on marketing standards for eggs do not permit the method of production to be stamped on the egg although, as I indicated in my previous answer, eggs produced under alternative systems to the battery may be marketed in packs bearing the appropriate designation of the production system.
Consumer interests have indicated that they would not welcome a change in the legislation to require the marking of eggs.