HC Deb 03 December 1951 vol 494 c2015
43. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Food what steps he proposes to take to make available promptly, daily and at moderate cost for the people of London and other south of England consuming centres the large supplies of fish landed at Scottish ports; and in particular what his plans are to avoid waste of this food.

Major Lloyd George

As regards transport charges I would refer the hon. and learned Member to the answer I gave him on 26th November. I have no reason to suppose that fish landed at Scottish ports is not being disposed of satisfactorily.

Mr. Hughes

Is not the obvious way to solve the problem not by having fish distributed and charged for by weight plus distance, as at present, but by weight only, as letters are carried at present, which makes the Post Office such a profitable concern?

Major Lloyd George

As the hon. and learned Gentleman knows, the White Fish Authority has been considering this question, and as I said on 26th November, as soon as we hear from them it will be for the Ministry to decide what to do.