HC Deb 27 April 1937 vol 323 c150
4. Mr. Mander

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action he proposes to take as a result of the hope expressed in the report of the Food Council that steps would be taken with no unnecessary delay to make fish, which is higher in price in relation to pre-war than any other foodstuff, available to consumers at lower prices?

Mr. Runciman

As the Food Council stated in their report, the conclusions of the various bodies which have inquired into the fishing industry in recent years point rather to the need for reorganisation than to excessive profits in any section. I trust that the measures of reorganisation provided for in the Herring Industry Act, 1935, and those proposed for the white fish industry, which were outlined to this House by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries on 22nd February last will benefit consumers as well as all sections of the industry.