HC Deb 12 November 1952 vol 507 c943
41. Mrs. Mann

asked the Minister of Food what proposals he has now received from the White Fish Authority relative to distribution, quality or price of fish; and if he will make a statement.

Major Lloyd George

I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the First Annual Report of the White Fish Authority, which includes references to the work of the Authority on distribution, quality and the prices of fish. I have not yet received any proposals from them on these matters.

Mrs. Mann

Would the Minister agree that it is very disappointing, since it is now nearly two years since we set up this White Fish Authority, and since we had hoped to get a settlement from them which would solve a great many of the problems about the distribution of white fish? Is there no assurance that we can get something done?

Major Lloyd George

This is the first Report of the White Fish Authority, and issued only in July. It proposes an investigation. I am sure the hon. Lady agrees with me that it is a good thing to investigate before one acts.

Mr. Hector Hughes

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the distribution of fish has been thrown into chaos by the inconsistent policy of the White Fish Authority with regard to the flat rate for transport of fish from Scotland to the large consuming centres in the South?

Hon. Members

Answer that one.