HC Deb 13 December 1950 vol 482 cc1153-4
61. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Food whether he has yet decided to take action in regard to the high prices of fish.

Mr. Webb

As I have already said, I am very concerned about high fish prices. The reimposition of price control would present many problems; and a decision on this question cannot be taken without a very thorough examination. This is now in progress, and when it is concluded I shall decide, in the light of it, what is best in the public interest.

Mr. Janner

In view of the concern of housewives and others over the very high prices prevailing at present, will my right hon. Friend press for an early consideration of the matter and reimpose controls as quickly as possible?

Mr. Webb

I am considering the matter most urgently.

Mr. Osborne

Will the Minister say, categorically, that he is against cheap prices for fish at the expense of low wages for fishermen?

Mrs. Jean Mann

Will my right hon. Friend take into consideration the problems that the release of controls have brought to housewives? When he weighs these problems with his other problems, will he do so to the advantage of the housewives?

Lady Tweedsmuir

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when the committee examining the white fish industry is expected to report?

Mr. Webb

That is another question; I could not tell the hon. Lady.

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