HC Deb 03 November 1948 vol 457 c859
55. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Food how the present production of fish meal for feeding to farm livestock compares with the prewar production; and what steps he is taking to increase the supply of this essential feedingstuff for pigs and poultry.

Dr. Summerskill

Current home production of fish meal for animal feeding-stuffs is at a rate of over 50,000 tons a year. Prewar production is believed to have been about 70,000 tons a year. The fullest possible use is being made of all fish offal available for this purpose. We also import all the fish meal we can obtain.

Mr. Hurd

Does the Minister recognise that the topsy-turvy price fixing policy which allows a higher price for fish manure than for fish meal for animal food is resulting in a lack of this essential animal feedingstuff?

Dr. Summerskill

I do not agree with the hon. Member.

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