A History of the Ministry of Information, 1939-46

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This section attempts analyses of the family consumption of eggs during December. An attempt is made to estimate the part played by domestic production of eggs.

Fresh eggs only are dealt with and none of the figures refer to cooking eggs.


  1. The average number of eggs acquired per family was 1.84. Half of the samples received less than 1 egg per week. One quarter of the sample received less than .43 of an egg a week (abou t4 eggs for 5 families per week) and one quarter of the sample received 2.46 eggs per week (about 12 eggs for 5 families per week).

  2. There were sharp regional differences in the average number of eggs acquired. Analysis indicates that this was due to minorities in each region receiving more than the average number of eggs. The same tendency explains differences in the numbers of eggs acquired per family in urban and rural districts. The A income group appears to be receiving somewhat more eggs per family than other income groups.

  3. Some 58.5% of the sample received no eggs during the seven days before interviewing and 10.6% of the sample received more than one egg per head during the week. The A income group and rural areas had more than proportionate numbers receiving more than one egg per head during the week.

  4. Of all eggs acquired by families in the sample, 80.3% were bought, 15% were produced and 4.7% were given to the families concerned. Some 37.3% of families in the sample bought their eggs and about 3% of all families produced their eggs.

Production seems to be proportionately of greater importance in the upper income groups, in rural areas and in the Midland region, Southern and Eastern England.

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