HC Deb 31 July 1941 vol 373 cc1535-6
54. Sir John Mellor

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether his attention has been called to the shortage of fresh-water fishing tackle; and whether he will take steps to facilitate the catching of freshwater fish?

Mr. Hudson

Supplies needed to produce fishing tackle are becoming scarce and under present conditions are not likely to be renewed when the existing stocks are exhausted. Moreover, a great deal of the labour normally employed in the manufacture of fishing tackle has been diverted to work connected with the war. There is therefore little prospect of material improvement in the supply of fishing tackle for taking fresh-water fish. In reply to the second part of the Question, steps are being taken to increase the catch of eels and perch other than by rod and line.