HC Deb 08 March 1948 vol 448 c795
69. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Food what quantities of herring were landed but unsold at Campbeltown and Ayr on 4th March; and how far is this due to the purchase of Norwegian herring.

Dr. Summerskill

About 250 tons of herring were landed at Campbeltown and Ayr on 4th March, and all were sold either for the home market, or for klondyking or for oil and meal. We cannot rely on British landings at this time of year because they could supply only a small part of the needs of the market.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that at the Clyde ports they are very dissatisfied because fishermen cannot dispose of their fish? Will she look into the grievances of these fishermen and get them rectified?

Dr. Summerskill

My Department is quite prepared to buy all surplus herring at 30s. a cran.