HC Deb 06 November 1940 vol 365 cc1335-6
56. Mr. Roland Robinson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food whether he is aware of the great rise in the price of fish during the past year; and whether, in view of the large profits made by foreign trawlers bringing fish to this country, he will consider controlling the price of fish, and at the same time reimposing the 10 per cent. ad valorem tax on all fish landed at British ports by foreign trawlers?

Major Lloyd George

My noble Friend is aware that the price of fish has risen greatly, and he is at present considering the question of imposing a price control. He is unable to agree, however, that the present would be an opportune time for re-imposing the 10 per cent. ad valorem duty on foreign imports.

Mr. A. Bevan

Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that there is very considerable irony in the sending to the Press by the Minister of Information of examples of menus including fish which it is beyond the power of working-class people to buy? Fish prices are inordinately high.

Major Lloyd George

That point is being considered.

Mr. George Griffiths

Is my hon. and gallant Friend aware that a lot of housewives call this 8 o'clock breakfast stuff twaddle and cannot manage it at all?