HC Deb 02 November 1916 vol 86 cc1820-1

asked the President of the Board of Trade if his attention has been called to the fact that large con- signments of fish from Holland were destroyed upon, arrival in this country; that at Liverpool on the 20th October last 1,000 boxes were destroyed, on the 21st 800, and on the 22nd 600; if he will institute an inquiry to discover if this wastage was due to any action on the part of those people concerned in keeping up the price of fish in this country; and, if so, what steps he will take to punish such people?


Certain quantities of fish recently landed from Holland have been destroyed owing to unavoidable delays in transport. No information is at present available as to the transactions referred to, but inquiries are being made. There is no evidence that any attempt has been made to withhold fish from the market for the purpose of keeping up prices.