HC Deb 13 February 1917 vol 90 cc417-8

asked the hon. Member for Walton, as representing the Food Controller, whether his attention has been called to the fact that quantities of fish are destroyed in dust destructors and also used as manure; and if he will consider the issue of an Order to prevent a repetition of these practices and ensure that all good fish shall be offered for sale as food and not destroyed?


Fish that becomes unfit for human consumption is no doubt destroyed in the manner indicated in this question. The Food Controller has no reason to believe that any fish in good condition is so destroyed, and having regard to the prevailing demand and the high price of fish, it would appear to be improbable, but if the hon. Member will give me particulars of any cases, within his knowledge, I will have inquiries made.


Is it not the case that in order to keep up the price of fish a great quantity is destroyed constantly?


As I have already said, there is no evidence whatever before the Department that any fish that is fit for human consumption is now being destroyed in the manner indicated.


Is it not a fact that the fishing trade resent these charges, seeing that such practices do not exist? The price is sufficient to guarantee that the fish is sold, and not wasted.