HC Deb 13 July 1953 vol 517 cc1712-3
42. Sir D. Robertson

asked the Minister of Food if he is aware of the insanitary and obsolete railway vans which are used for the carriage of fish from Wick to southern markets which frequently cause fish of living quality to be delivered in a condemnable condition; and if he will take immediate steps to prevent further losses of the nation's food by conferring with the British Transport Commission with a view to their providing four refrigerated vans daily at Wick Station.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food (Dr. Charles Hill)

I understand that a full report has now been sent by the British Transport Commission direct to the hon. Member.

Sir D. Robertson

Is it not the case that my hon. Friend has seen a copy of that report, and does not that admit the charge contained in the Question that wholly insanitary vans are used and also the statement that the Transport Commission have not enough refrigerated vans for the traffic which is their responsibility, and will he take steps with his right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport to put that right?

Dr. Hill

No doubt the hon. Gentleman will continue his correspondence with the British Transport Commission, and no doubt he will consider the possibility of raising the matter with the Scottish Committee of the White Fish Authority.

Sir D. Robertson

That is not the Question asked. I asked what the Minister intended to do.