HC Deb 20 September 1948 vol 456 cc507-8
54. Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

asked the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries what steps he is taking to re-stock the pre-war oyster beds round our coasts; and to what extent are oysters being exported to hard currency countries.

The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (Mr. Thomas Williams)

A research station has recently been established at Burnham-on-Crouch to investigate problems affecting the restoration and development of oyster beds. Import licences for seed oysters are freely granted. Exports of oysters are negligible.

Mr. Douglas Marshall

Will the Minister examine the possibility of reopening old beds in South-East Cornwall?