HC Deb 14 April 1938 vol 334 c1307
52. Mr. Craven-Ellis

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the fact that the Sea Fish Industry Commission is not permitted to purchase and sell white fish wholesale, he can state whether he has given consideration to the recent action of the Potato Marketing Board in buying and selling potatoes fit for human consumption with a view to similar prohibition?

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. W. S. Morrison)

As I explained in reply to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Cardiff, South (Captain A. Evans) on Monday last, the Potato Marketing Board's powers to buy and sell potatoes are limited under their scheme to potatoes which are surplus to the needs of human consumption. I do not think that there is any analogy between the position of the board and that of the commission it is proposed to set up under the Sea Fish Industry Bill.