HC Deb 15 November 1939 vol 353 cc708-9
51. Mr. Boothby

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the question of future purchases of herring by the Government is under his consideration; and whether he will make a statement on the matter?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

There is no present intention to introduce any new Government scheme for the purchase of herring. As the hon. Member is aware, the undertaking given by the Government to purchase the surplus catch of herring landed at East Anglian ports relates to the current season only.

Mr. Boothby

Will my hon. Friend give consideration to the question of future purchases of herring throughout the war?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I will give my hon. Friend that assurance.

Mr. Macquisten

Is my hon. Friend aware that large quantities of Clyde herring are being cast back into the sea because there is no price for them, and will he not fix a minimum price as well as a maximum price?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

My hon. Friend knows that Clyde herring at this time of the year are of a particular kind and are not suitable for general consumption.

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