HC Deb 04 December 1950 vol 482 cc9-10
25. Mr. Grimond

asked the Minister of Food what steps it is proposed to take to assist fishermen to get a better price; and how far it is proposed to give any assistance over the freight charges.

Mr. Webb

It has already been announced that legislation will be introduced in the present Session giving powers to the White Fish Authority to regulate, reorganise and develop the white fish industry and the matters mentioned by the hon. Member will, no doubt, be considered by that Authority; but I must say frankly that my main concern at present is the price which consumers are having to pay.

Mr. Grimond

When the Minister talks of the high prices which consumers have to pay, will he bear in mind the fact that only a small proportion of that price actually reaches the fishermen who catch the fish?

Mr. Webb

That is one of the considerations which I was very careful to point out a few days ago.

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