§ 44. Mr. E. DAVIES
asked the President of the Board of Agriculture whether he has given consideration to the desirability of using the powers under the Defence of the Realm Act to take possession of inland waters and rivers and so make the fish therein available for food?
§ Sir R. WINFREY
The Board have very carefully considered, with the assistance of the Freshwater Fish Committee, what are the available resources of fish in inland waters, and to what extent these resources can be used to relieve the present shortage of food supplies. I shall have pleasure in sending the hon. Member copies of the two Reports hitherto issued by the Committee. I do not think that the occasion has arisen for the Board to take over the inland waters of England 1966 and Wales, though they will consider sympathetically any schemes for their exploitation on rational lines, with due regard to the maintenance of the stock of fish, and especially of the stock of salmon.