HC Deb 20 November 1946 vol 430 c855
56. Mr. Glossop

asked the Minister of Food if he will state the number of applications received to start fried fish shops in rural districts during the last 12 months, together with the number of applications which have been granted.

Mr. Strachey

I regret that separate information about rural districts is not available. In the U.K. as a whole there were during the 12 months to 15th October, 1946, 2,379 applications for fried fish licences, of which 1,163 were granted.

Mr. Glossop

In view of the importance of increasing these facilities, if I repeat the Question in 14 days can I have the information then?

Mr. Strachey

I cannot promise that. Our staffs are very hard pressed and could not be put on to that. Whatever the necessity is, it would not be likely to make it possible for us to license more shops, because of the difficulty of fats.

Mr. Glossop

In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I give notice that I will raise the matter on the Adjournment at the earliest possible moment.

Mr. Hale


Mr. Speaker

The hon. Member who asked the Question has given notice that he will raise it further on the Adjournment and, therefore, no further supplementary can be asked.

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