HC Deb 01 December 1938 vol 342 c596
76. Sir J. Leech

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, as part of the policy to develop the fishing industry and in order to prevent the public being discouraged from buying fish by being offered stale fish, he will prohibit the sale as food of ice-preserved fish landed later than 12 days from date of catch?

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

I have no power to make any Order or Regulation of the kind suggested by my hon. Friend, but I am bringing his suggestion to the notice of the White Fish Commission, who, I understand, are considering what practical measures can be taken both at sea and ashore to secure that fish shall be marketed in a condition which will encourage its consumption.

Mr. Malcolm MacMillan

Does the right hon. Gentleman suggest that fish which are not fit are being sold?

Mr. Morrison

I think it is possible to improve the condition of much of the fish that is sold.