§ MR. FLYNN
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to statements in The Daily News and Daily Telegraph regarding the great difference between the prices of fish paid to fishermen at Grimsby, Yarmouth, Galway, and other fishing ports, and those charged in Billingsgate Market; and whether, in view of the great importance of a cheap and constant supply of fish to the population of London, he will communicate with the London County Council as to the establishment of fish markets in various parts of the Metropolis?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. H. H. FOWLER,) Wolverhampton, E.
My attention had not been directed to the statements referred to prior to notice being given of the question. The London County Council have no powers for the establishment of fish markets in the Metropolis, and I cannot undertake to communicate with them as suggested. The County Council were empowered by their General Powers Act, 1891, to make inquiries as to markets; and I observe that a Bill has been introduced this Session to enable them to establish markets in the County of London. The Bill now awaits Second Reading.