HC Deb 19 December 1933 vol 284 cc1089-90
45. Mr. H. STEWART

asked the Prime Minister if, in order to bring relief to the fishing industry, he will cause instructions to be addressed to the various departments concerned to ensure that a weekly ration of herring is included in the menu of all State-controlled and State-supported institutions, such as the Army, Navy and Air Force, Ministry of Labour centres, schools, &c.; and if he will cause recommendations in the same sense to be addressed to local authorities with regard to the institutions under their control?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Ramsay MacDonald)

While I have every sympathy with the purpose of my hon. Friend, it would be difficult to issue any general instructions on the lines indicated by him for one particular commodity. I think his best course would be to submit any suggestions he may have for increasing the consumption of herring direct to the Government Departments concerned.

Viscountess ASTOR

Cannot the National Government give the nation a lead by eating more herring during the holidays?


Would not the consumption of more herring lead to an increased consumption of beer?