HC Deb 06 December 1944 vol 406 cc507-8
50. Mr. Liddall

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware of the complaints by fishmongers throughout the country that when purchasing frozen-cod fillets from the Ministry's distributing agents they often receive short weight; and will he take the necessary steps to see that each box contains full weight when dispatched from the respective packing stations.

The Minister of Food (Colonel Llewellin)

Yes, Sir. There have been a few complaints. I am afraid, however, that it is impossible to do what my hon. Friend asks as the packing stations are not in this country. We however, give fishmongers an extra margin of 1s. a stone on frozen as compared with fresh fillets in order to compensate them for any loss of weight by thawing.

Mr. Liddall

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend not aware that a fishmonger may order a stone of fish and when the box arrives find that it contains only 13½ or 13¼ lbs.? It really means that the Department is charging more than the controlled price.

Colonel Llewellin

In cases like that a claim for rebate can be made if the retailer will take the matter up with the wholesaler, who can then take it up with the distributing agents.

Mr. Collindridge

On this matter of cod fillets, the Minister will be aware that his regulations prevent fishmongers going to another place.