HC Deb 23 March 1949 vol 463 cc371-2
50. Mr. Hurd

asked the Minister of Food how the current production of fish meal for animal feeding compares with the production a year ago and in 1938.

The Minister of Food (Mr. Strachey)

Prewar production of fish meal for animal feeding is believed to have been about 70,000 tons a year. Production in 1948 was nearly 50,000 tons. No figures are yet available for 1949, as they are compiled quarterly.

Mr. Hurd

As the lack of feedingstuffs is holding up pig production will the right hon. Gentleman make the most strenuous efforts to increase the production of fish meal?

Mr. Strachey

Yes, Sir. That is a matter with which we are concerned and we are thinking of increasing the price. No doubt the hon. Gentleman will see an announcement.

Sir Frank Sanderson

Is it not a fact that fish meal for animal feeding is produced only from fish offal and surplus fish for which there is no ready market; and as the quantity available today is less than it was before, does not that merely indicate that there is a demand for the fish for human consumption without it being converted into offal and finally into fish meal?

Mr. Strachey

Another considerable factor is that of fish heads and whether or not they are landed.

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